17 Surreal And Heartbreaking Photos Of Russia's Invasion Of Ukraine That Will Be Shown In History Classes One Day

    Here's what life is like inside Ukraine.

    Last night, Russian president Vladimir Putin gave a televised address in which he announced his military would invade Ukraine. Since then, his forces have attacked military bases and some civilian areas, with fatal consequences.

    Woman wearing a face mask holds a sign that says Go Home

    1. As world leaders decide how to punish Putin for the invasion, life inside Ukraine is growing dangerous. Traffic leaving Kyiv, Ukraine's capital, was heavy Thursday as residents tried to flee as Russia launched its deadly attacks.

    Inhabitants of Kyiv leave the city following pre-offensive missile strikes of the Russian armed forces and Belarus on February 24

    2. Due to the conflict, Ukrainian officials are calling the region's airspace "high risk" for travel, and they closed down all of the country's commercial flights.

    FlightRadar24 website, an online flight tracker shows no aircrafts flying over Ukraine after the Russian attack.

    3. Meanwhile, smoke was seen rising in and near multiple cities before dawn, and large-scale explosions could be heard in Kyiv, Kharkiv, and Odesa.

    Smoke rise from an air defense base in the aftermath of an apparent Russian strike in Mariupol, Ukraine, Thursday, Feb. 24, 2022

    4. Subway stations throughout the country have been turned into impromptu bomb shelters. Families seeking shelter have begun to pile into stations, bringing along young children and pets. Ukrainian officials have announced that despite curfews being implemented, metro stations will remain open for shelter.

    A woman reacts as she waits for a train trying to leave Kyiv, Ukraine, Thursday, Feb. 24, 2022

    5. Long lines of cars have been spotted outside of gas stations as citizens prepare to fuel up prior to evacuation, amid fears that fuel will soon be rationed.

    Cars line up waiting to get gasoline outside a gas station in Kyiv, Ukraine, Thursday, Feb. 24, 2022

    6. Ukrainians crowd subway stations as they attempt to evacuate Kyiv. Mayor Vitali Klitschko declared a state of emergency in the city, which currently includes a curfew and a strict entrance and exit plan, but could potentially expand to restrict vehicle movement and public gatherings.

    People walk in a subway to get a train as they leave the city of Kyiv, Ukraine

    7. Throughout the country, people are lining up to withdraw money from ATMs. CNN reported that banks are running out of cash, and people are struggling to use apps for transactions as many bank branches have closed down.

    People line up to withdraw their money from an ATM in Kyiv, Ukraine

    8. As air raid sirens rang, one woman was seen clutching a cross as she prayed on Independence Square in Kyiv.

    A religious woman holds a cross as she prays on Independence square in Kyiv in the morning of February 24, 2022

    9. In neighboring Hungary, residents living near the Ukrainian border are setting evacuation plans in motion. The United Nations has sprung into action, setting up refugee operations in both Ukraine and neighboring countries. The agency also asked countries to open their borders for refugees.

    People line up to put their luggage in a car as they flee from Ukraine at the Hungarian-Ukrainian border

    10. The growing conflict has sparked protests around the world. Outside of the Russian consulate in Istanbul, demonstrators held pro-Ukrainian signs that read #StopPutin and labeled the Russian president a "bloody killer." According to the Washington Post, US officials worry that the invasion could leave thousands dead.

    Pro-Ukraine people shout slogans during a small protest outside the Russian consulate in Istanbul, Turkey

    11. Similar protests were seen in London, where residents took over Downing Street to stand against Russia's invasion...

    Ukrainians hold a protest against the Russian invasion of Ukraine outside Downing Street, central London

    12. ...and crowds gathered outside of the Dutch Parliament in The Hague, Netherlands, as well.

    A demonstrator displays a placard during a protest against Russia's attack on Ukraine, outside the Dutch parliament in The Hague, Netherlands

    13. Emotions ran high during a protest in Berlin, where protesters cloaked in Ukrainian flags gathered.

    Demonstrators hold signs during an anti-war protest in Berlin, Germany

    14. In Paris, residents showed their support by painting their faces in the colors of the Ukrainian flag. Russian officials say they plan to press criminal charges against any Russian citizens who participate in anti-war protests.

    A woman cries as she has her face painted with the colors of Ukrainian's flag during an anti-war protest in front of the Russian embassy in Paris

    15. In the Donetsk region of Ukraine, which militants have renamed the Donetsk People's Republic, children walk past apartment buildings that locals say were damaged by the attacks and recent shelling.

    A girl walks past an apartment building, which locals said was damaged by recent shelling

    16. One woman took in the damage, looking out of her shattered window and onto the militarized street.

    A woman is seen through the broken window of her house, which locals said was damaged by recent shelling

    17. Donetsk is one of two rebel republics within Ukraine's borders that have been "recognized" as independent by Moscow.

    Militants of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic stand in front of an apartment building

    President Biden released the following statement in response to the attack, saying, "The prayers of the entire world are with the people of Ukraine tonight as they suffer an unprovoked and unjustified attack by Russian military forces."

    "President Putin has chosen a premeditated war that will bring a catastrophic loss of life and human suffering. Russia alone is responsible for the death and destruction this attack will bring, and the United States and its Allies and partners will respond in a united and decisive way. The world will hold Russia accountable.

    I will be monitoring the situation from the White House this evening and will continue to get regular updates from my national security team. Tomorrow, I will meet with my G7 counterparts in the morning and then speak to the American people to announce the further consequences the United States and our Allies and partners will impose on Russia for this needless act of aggression against Ukraine and global peace and security. We will also coordinate with our NATO Allies to ensure a strong, united response that deters any aggression against the Alliance. Tonight, Jill and I are praying for the brave and proud people of Ukraine."