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Russia-Ukraine Conflict | Tearful goodbyes at Kyiv train station during war in Ukraine

The UN says the fighting has sent more than 1 million people fleeing the country, a number that is already the swiftest exodus of refugees this century and one that could soon skyrocket even further.

March 04, 2022 / 03:45 PM IST
A woman crouches down in the doorway of a blue and yellow train at a station in Kyiv, Ukraine's embattled capital city. Her husband stands on the platform below and cranes his neck up for a kiss that both hope will not be their last. (Image: AP)
A woman crouches down in the doorway of a blue and yellow train at a station in Kyiv, Ukraine's embattled capital city. Her husband stands on the platform below and cranes his neck up for a kiss that both hope will not be their last. (Image: AP)
As the train door closes, the woman holds up their 2-year-old son and he smiles and presses his tiny hand against the smudged window to wave goodbye to his father, who is staying behind to fight the Russian invaders. (Image: AP)
As the train door closes, the woman holds up their 2-year-old son and he smiles and presses his tiny hand against the smudged window to wave goodbye to his father, who is staying behind to fight the Russian invaders. (Image: AP)
Nearby, a grandmother reaches out to bid farewell to her daughter and grandson, who are on the train headed toward the border with Poland. She backs toward a wall of the train station and is soon overcome with emotion. She places her hands over her mouth, squeezes her eyes shut tight and lets the tears fall. (Image: AP)
Nearby, a grandmother reaches out to bid farewell to her daughter and grandson, who are on the train headed toward the border with Poland. She backs toward a wall of the train station and is soon overcome with emotion. She places her hands over her mouth, squeezes her eyes shut tight and lets the tears fall. (Image: AP)
These are the goodbyes that have been repeated across Ukraine in the week since Russia invaded and began pounding the country's cities with bombs. (Image: AP)
These are the goodbyes that have been repeated across Ukraine in the week since Russia invaded and began pounding the country's cities with bombs. (Image: AP)
The UN says the fighting has sent more than 1 million people fleeing the country, a number that is already the swiftest exodus of refugees this century and one that could soon skyrocket even further. (Image: AP)
The UN says the fighting has sent more than 1 million people fleeing the country, a number that is already the swiftest exodus of refugees this century and one that could soon skyrocket even further. (Image: AP)
Those leaving are overwhelmingly women and children. Ukrainian men have been ordered to stay and fight in the war. (Image: AP)
Those leaving are overwhelmingly women and children. Ukrainian men have been ordered to stay and fight in the war. (Image: AP)
At the train station in Kyiv crowds of people carrying luggage stand in the cold as they wait for their chance to board a train. Mothers hold children bundled in winter jackets and stocking caps, some clutching onto stuffed animals. Men help the elderly get to the train, even using a luggage cart to carry one woman with crutches. (Image: AP)
At the train station in Kyiv crowds of people carrying luggage stand in the cold as they wait for their chance to board a train. Mothers hold children bundled in winter jackets and stocking caps, some clutching onto stuffed animals. Men help the elderly get to the train, even using a luggage cart to carry one woman with crutches. (Image: AP)
Up and down the platform there are tearful embraces. (Image: AP)
Up and down the platform there are tearful embraces. (Image: AP)
Once on the train, many of those leaving press their faces against the windows for a last glimpse at those staying behind. (Image: AP)
Once on the train, many of those leaving press their faces against the windows for a last glimpse at those staying behind. (Image: AP)
One woman reaches her hand out the door for a fleeting brush of a loved one's cheek. (Image: AP)
One woman reaches her hand out the door for a fleeting brush of a loved one's cheek. (Image: AP)
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