Heartbreak: War-affected Ukrainians flee their homes, spark refugee crisis of epic proportions

Ukrainians are fleeing on foot, by train and by car to reach neighboring countries. Many endure long journeys, crowds and queues at stations and borders, with limited access to food and shelter.

proportions. According to the UN, more than a million people have fled Ukraine since Russia invaded nine days ago, and many have crossed borders with Poland, Hungary, Slovakia and Moldova. Aleksander, 41, leans his palms against the window as he says goodbye to his daughter Anna, 5, on a train to Lviv at the station in Kiev, Ukraine. PA” title=”Since Russia began its offensive against Ukraine, residents, fearing their chances, have left the country, triggering a mass exodus and a refugee crisis of gigantic proportions. According to the UN, more than a million people have fled Ukraine since Russia invaded nine days ago, and many have crossed borders with Poland, Hungary, Slovakia and Moldova. Aleksander, 41, leans his palms against the window as he says goodbye to his daughter Anna, 5, on a train to Lviv at the station in Kiev, Ukraine. PA”/>

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Since Russia began its offensive against Ukraine, residents, fearing their chances, have left the country, triggering a mass exodus and a refugee crisis of gigantic proportions. According to the UN, more than a million people have fled Ukraine since Russia invaded nine days ago, and many have crossed borders with Poland, Hungary, Slovakia and Moldova. Aleksander, 41, leans his palms against the window as he says goodbye to his daughter Anna, 5, on a train to Lviv at the station in Kiev, Ukraine. PA

A woman hugs a child as he waits in line to board a bus after leaving Ukraine at the border crossing in Medyka, Poland.  The UN refugee agency said that

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A woman hugs a child as he waits in line to board a bus after leaving Ukraine at the border crossing in Medyka, Poland. The UN refugee agency said “many more” were trying to leave the country and estimated four million people could flee Ukraine as war continues to rock the country. PA

People, mostly women and children, try to board a train bound for Lviv, at the railway station in Kiev, Ukraine.  PA

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People, mostly women and children, try to board a train bound for Lviv, at the railway station in Kiev, Ukraine. PA

A Ukrainian soldier tries to disperse the crowd as they push to enter a train bound for Lviv at the station in Kiev, Ukraine.  PA

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A Ukrainian soldier tries to disperse the crowd as they push to enter a train bound for Lviv at the station in Kiev, Ukraine. PA

People leave the town of Bucha, near Kiev, Ukraine.  On Thursday, the United Nations said 331 civilian deaths and 675 civilian injuries had been recorded in Ukraine since the Russian invasion, although the true number was likely much higher.  PA

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People leave the town of Bucha, near Kiev, Ukraine. On Thursday, the United Nations said 331 civilian deaths and 675 civilian injuries had been recorded in Ukraine since the Russian invasion, although the true number was likely much higher. PA

Refugees, mostly women with children, arrive at the Medyka border crossing in Poland.  PA

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Refugees, mostly women with children, arrive at the Medyka border crossing in Poland. PA

Refugees, mostly women with children, wait to be transported at the border crossing in Medyka, Poland.  Ukrainians marched all night while others fled the east of the country by train, car or bus.  Many were greeted by awaiting relatives and friends.  PA

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Refugees, mostly women with children, wait to be transported at the border crossing in Medyka, Poland. Ukrainians marched all night while others fled the east of the country by train, car or bus. Many were greeted by awaiting relatives and friends. PA

People fleeing Ukraine gather at the Palanca border crossing in Moldova.  More than a million people have fled Ukraine following the Russian invasion in the fastest refugee exodus this century, the United Nations announced on Thursday.  PA

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People fleeing Ukraine gather at the Palanca border crossing in Moldova. More than a million people have fled Ukraine following the Russian invasion in the fastest refugee exodus this century, the United Nations announced on Thursday. PA

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