Ukrainians flee Russian bombs as civilians are killed in small Kyiv suburb

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Ukrainians flee Russian bombs as civilians are killed in small Kyiv suburb

Wrenching video and photos Sunday showed terrified masses fleeing the small Kyiv suburb of Irpin — as well as a dead local mother and her two children — amid devastating Russian bombing.

Footage from the scene published by the New York Times shows a damaged bridge on which residents were running over to try to escape the heavily embattled area.

The video starts off with a member of the army speaking — then all of a sudden, a massive explosion hits the street, causing clouds of smoke and dust and sending witnesses into shock and terror.

A photo captured a mother and her two kids dead on the pavement in the aftermath of an Irpin attack. Their father laying besides them had a pulse when the photograph was taken, but his current condition is unknown.

Ukrainian servicemen try to help people wounded, in the town of Irpin, Ukraine, Sunday, March 6, 2022.
Ukrainian servicemen try to help people wounded, in the town of Irpin, Ukraine, Sunday, March 6, 2022.
Andriy Dubchak
A man and a child escape from the town of Irpin, after heavy shelling on the only escape route used by locals
A man and a child escape from the town of Irpin, after heavy shelling on the only escape route used by locals.
REUTERS/Carlos Barria
Local residents look for cover as they escape from the town of Irpin
The attack in Irpin comes amid an effort to create a “green corridor” of safety.
REUTERS/Carlos Barria
A local resident reacts as a house is on fire after heavy shelling
A local resident reacts as a house is on fire after heavy shelling.
REUTERS/Carlos Barria

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The bridge that the family was hoping to cross had been blown up by Ukrainians to try to stop Russian forces from advancing toward Kyiv, the Times reported.

About a dozen Ukrainian soldiers were near the bridge Sunday when the explosion went off, not to fight but rather helping civilians cross and carrying their luggage, according to reports.

Soldiers, civilians and medics rushed to help in the aftermath of the attack, which sent people into hiding, unsure if the attacks would continue. 

Local residents run for cover as they escape from the town of Irpin, after heavy shelling on the only escape route used by locals, while Russian troops advance towards the capital of Kyiv, in Irpin, near Kyiv, Ukraine March 6, 2022.
Russia has claimed it is not attacking civilians.
REUTERS/Carlos Barria
Local residents look for cover as they escape from the town of Irpin
Local residents look for cover as they escape from the town of Irpin.
REUTERS/Carlos Barria
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The war has already led to upward of 1.5 million people fleeing Ukraine.
The dead bodies of people killed by Russian shelling lay covered in the street in the town of Irpin, Ukraine, Sunday, March 6, 2022.
A man lies on the pavement with a blanket over his body and his suitcase still by his side.
AP Photo/Diego Herrera Carcedo
Ukrainian servicemen help an elderly woman, in the town of Irpin.
Ukrainian servicemen help an elderly woman, in the town of Irpin.
Andriy Dubchak

In one photo, a man lies on the pavement with a blanket over his body and his suitcase still by his side. Others show soldiers rendering aid, and people laying prone on the pavement.

Russia has claimed it is not attacking civilians.

The attack in Irpin comes amid an effort to create a “green corridor” of safety at least in the southern port city of Mariupol, which has been wrecked by Russian attacks. Plans for the safety corridor failed after cease-fire plans fell apart.

The war has already led to upward of 1.5 million people fleeing Ukraine to surrounding countries and left millions of Ukrainians internally displaced.

A local resident reacts as a house is on fire after heavy shelling on the only escape route used by locals to leave the town of Irpin, while Russian troops advance toward the capital, 24km from Kyiv, Ukraine March 6, 2022.
About a dozen Ukrainian soldiers were near the bridge Sunday when the explosion went off.
REUTERS/Carlos Barria
Russia continued its assault on Ukraine's major cities, including its capital, more than a week after launching a large-scale invasion of the country.
Russia continued its assault on Ukraine’s major cities, including its capital, more than a week after launching a large-scale invasion of the country.
Anastasia Vlasova
Russian troops continued to shell encircled cities and the number of Ukrainians forced from their country grew to over 1.4 million.
Andriy Dubchak
The dead body of a person killed by Russian shelling lays covered in the street in the town of Irpin, Ukraine, Sunday, March 6, 2022.
The dead body of a person killed by Russian shelling lays covered in the street in the town of Irpin.
AP Photo/Diego Herrera Carcedo

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