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An elderly woman is coated in snow as she sits in a wheelchair after being evacuated from Irpin, on the outskirts of Kyiv, Ukraine. March 8, 2022
An elderly woman is coated in snow as she sits in a wheelchair after being evacuated from Irpin, on the outskirts of Kyiv, Ukraine. March 8, 2022   -   Copyright  Vadim Ghirda/AP Photo

Scenes of devastation as residential areas of Ukraine are targeted by the Russian army

The shelling continues non-stop in Ukraine on the 13th consecutive day of the Russian invasion.

Evacuation of civilians - whether by the state or self-organised - does not appear to be safe. Reports of civilians targeted in their cars or on the pavements come from the different regions of Ukraine. In Mariupol, the evacuation collapsed twice as Russian shelling did not stop - according to the Ukrainian authorities.

Many families in Ukraine and abroad are looking for their loved ones in towns like Mariupol, Irpen, Hostomel, Bucha, Sumy, Chernihiv but can't reach them. There is no light, heating or running water in most of those areas. Reports reveal civilians lacking drinking water, food and medication. The mayor of the town of Izum near Odesa reports that its centre has been essentially destroyed.

1.5 million refugees have now left the country, while many others are looking for safe corridors to be able to do so.

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Evacuees cross a destroyed bridge as they flee the city of Irpin, northwest of Kyiv. March 7, 2022Dimitar Dilkoff/ AFP
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Kharkiv residents have been sheltering in an underground cellar for more than a week now as Russian military forces shell the residential areas. Ukraine. March 6, 2022Marienko Andrew/Unian
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The aftermath of the shelling of Kharkov, Ukraine. March 7, 2022Marienko Andrew/ Unian
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The wreckage of a cluster bomb after a shelling on a street in Kharkiv, Ukraine. February 4, 2022Marienko Andrew/Unian
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The wreckage of a cluster bomb after a shelling on a street in Kharkiv, Ukraine. February 4, 2022Marienko Andrew/Unian
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A factory and a store are burning after it was bombarded in Irpin, on the outskirts of Kyiv, Ukraine. March 6, 2022Emilio Morenatti/AP Photo
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A man stands in front of a residential building damaged in shelling in the city of Chernihiv. March 4, 2022Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP
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People carry their belongings as they walk past the debris of last week's fighting in the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv. March 4, 2022Serhii Supinsky/AFP
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A man removes personal belongings from a burning house after being shelled in the city of Irpin, outside Kyiv. March 4, 2022Aris Messinis/AFP
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Refugees, mostly women and children, wait in a crowd for transport after fleeing from Ukraine and arriving at the border crossing in Medyka, Poland. March 7, 2022Markus Schreiber/AP Photo
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Damaged buildings following bombing in Ukraine's second-biggest city of Kharkiv. March 3, 2022Serhiy Bobok/AFP
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A Ukrainian man stands in the rubble in Zhytomyr following a Russian attack the day before. March 02, 2022Emmanuel Duparq/AFP
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A Ukrainian soldier hugs his partner next to a military base where residents are queuing to join the army, in Lviv. March 2, 2022Daniel Leal/AFP
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A woman cries in the small basement of a house crowded with people seeking shelter from Russian airstrikes, outside the capital Kyiv, Ukraine. March 2, 2022Vadim Ghirda/AP Photo
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Refugees warm up around a bonfire outside the Lviv train station, western Ukraine. March 03, 2022Daniel Leal/AFP
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A burned military vehicle in Borodyanka, northwest of Kyiv.StahivUA / ESN / AFP
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A man cries sitting in a van damaged by shelling in Brovary, outside Kyiv, Ukraine. March 1, 2022Efrem Lukatsky/AP Photo
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Paramedics move a man injured by the shelling in a residential area at the maternity hospital used as a bomb shelter in Mariupol, Ukraine.Evgeniy Maloletka/AP Photo
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Civilians cross a river on a blown-up bridge on Kyiv's northern front, Ukraine. March 1, 2022ARIS MESSINIS/AFP or licensors
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Firefighters extinguishing a fire in the Kharkiv regional police department building, which was hit by recent shellingAFP
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The smoke after a missile attack targeting the Ukrainian capital's television tower in Kyiv. March 1, 2022AFP/ Facebook account of the Ukrainian Interior Ministry
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People look at the gutted remains of Russian military vehicles on a road in the town of Bucha, close to the capital Kyiv, Ukraine. March 1, 2022.Serhii Nuzhnenko/AP Photo
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Members of civil defence prepare Molotov cocktails in a yard in Kyiv, Ukraine.Efrem Lukatsky/AP Photo
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A couple sit in an underground metro station used as bomb shelter in Kyiv, Ukraine. March 2, 2022.Aris Messinis/AFP
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A couple and their dogs sit in a hotel underground parking lot turned into a bomb shelter during an air raid alert in Kyiv, Ukraine. February 27, 2022Vadim Ghirda/AP Photo
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A blood-stained shirt on the street of Kyiv after Russia invades Ukraine. February 26, 2022Gorlushko Valdemar/UNIAN
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Ukrainian refugees cry as they reunite at the Medyka border crossing, Poland. February 26, 2022Visar Kryeziu/AP Photo
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People gather to catch a train and leave Ukraine for neighbouring countries at the railway station in Lviv, western Ukraine, February 26, 2022.Mykola Tys/Mykola TYS
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Smoke rises from a Russian tank destroyed by Ukrainian forces on the side of a road in the Luhansk region on February 26, 2022Anatolii Stepanov/AFP
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Ukrainian troops escort a man who they suspect is a Russian agent in Kyiv, Ukraine. February 27, 2022.Efrem Lukatsky/AP Photo
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A Russian MT-LB, a multi-purpose fully-amphibious auxiliary armoured-tracked vehicle destroyed in UkraineMarienko Andrew/UNIAN
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An apartment building damaged following a rocket attack on the city of Kyiv, Ukraine. Russian troops stormed toward Ukraine's capital. February 26, 2022Efrem Lukatsky/AP Photo
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A woman cries looking at her apartment building damaged following a rocket attack, in Kyiv, Ukraine. February 26, 2022Emilio Morenatti/AP Photo
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An apartment building damaged following a rocket attack in Kyiv. Russian troops stormed toward Ukraine's capital Saturday. February 26, 2022Efrem Lukatsky/AP Photo
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A view of a high-rise apartment block which was hit by recent shelling in Kyiv on February 26, 2022.ZHENYA SAVILOV/AFP
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Ukrainian troops inspect the site following a Russian airstrike in Kyiv, Ukraine. February 26, 2022Vadym Ghirda/AP Photo
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Ukrainian soldiers walk around debris of burning military trucks in a street in Kyiv, Ukraine. February 26, 2022Efrem Lukatsky/AP Photo
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Civil defence personnel at a checkpoint in Kyiv, Ukraine. February 26, 2022Emilio Morenatti/AP Photo
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A family sit in the Kyiv subway, using it as a bomb shelter in Kyiv, Ukraine. February 25, 2022Emilio Morenatti/AP Photo
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People fleeing the conflict from neighbouring Ukraine meet with members of their family at the border crossing in Medyka, southeastern Poland. February. 25, 2022Czarek Sokolowski/AP Photo
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A refugee who fled the conflict from neighbouring Ukraine rests in a school building in Przemysl, Poland. February. 26, 2022Petr David Josek/ AP Photo
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Kyiv resident Natalia Sevriukova reacts next to her house following a rocket attack on Kyiv, Ukraine. February 25, 2022Emilio Morenatti/AP Photo
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People sleep in the Kyiv subway, using it as a bomb shelter. February 25, 2022Emilio Morenatti/AP Photo
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A Ukrainian soldier sits after being injured in cross fire inside the city of Kyiv, Ukraine. February 25, 2022Emilio Morenatti/AP Photo
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A woman clears debris at a damaged residential building on Koshytsa Street, a suburb of the Ukrainian capital Kyiv, where a military shell hit. February 25, 2022.Daniel Leal/AFP
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A Ukrainian firefighter walks between at fragments of a downed aircraft seen in in Kyiv, Ukraine. February 25, 2022.Oleksandr Ratushniak/AP Photo
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A Ukrainian Army soldier inspects fragments of a downed aircraft in Kyiv, Ukraine. February 25, 2022Vadim Zamirovsky/AP Photo
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Ukrainian soldiers take position on a bridge inside the city of Kyiv, Ukraine. February 25, 2022.Emilio Morenatti/AP Photo
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Blood from the body of a serviceman colours the snow next to a destroyed Russian military multiple rocket launcher vehicle on the outskirts of Kharkiv, Ukraine. February 25Vadim Ghirda/AP Photo
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A woman weeps in her car after crossing the border from Ukraine at the Romanian-Ukrainian border, in Sighetu Marmatiei, Romania. February 25, 2022Paul Ursachi/AP Photo
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Firefighters extinguish burning debris in front of a damaged building following a rocket attack on Kyiv, UkraineAP/Ukrainian Police Department Press Service
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Firefighters extinguish a blaze at a damaged residential building at Koshytsa Street, a suburb of the Ukrainian capital Kyiv after Russian rocket strikes on February 25, 2022HANDOUT/AFP
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A wounded woman stands outside a hospital after the bombing of the eastern Ukrainian town of Chuguiv as Russian armed forces invade Ukraine from several directions.February 24, 2022. Aris Messinis/AFP
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Emergencies personnel work at the crash site of a Ukrainian military plane south of Kyiv, Ukraine. February 24, 2022HANDOUT/AFP
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People walk past the body of a relative outside a destroyed building after bombings on the eastern town of Chuguiv as Russia invades Ukraine from several directions.February 24, 2022, Aris Messinis / AFP