"Mom, dad, I love you:" Heartbreaking scenes from the war in Ukraine
As Ukrainians continue to fight off the invading force, images have flooded social media, capturing heartbreakingly human moments of true love and unwavering patriotism
February 25, 2022 9:07pm
Updated: February 26, 2022 10:49pm
As Russia continues to unleash airstrikes on Ukrainian cities, scenes of the attack have left many in shock as buildings catch fire and explosions burst across the country's skies.
According to Ukrainian officials, at least 137 Ukrainians have died in the first two days since the invasion and hundreds of others have been wounded -- often while fighting to defend their families and their homeland.
“More than 40 hours of resisting Russian occupiers prove that we have the strongest army in Europe and a fearless people,” said Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov. “Ukrainians are now fighting for the future that they deserve. For themselves and for all of Europe.”
But as Ukrainians continue to fight off the invading force, images have flooded social media, capturing heartbreakingly human moments of true love and unwavering patriotism.
Un padre dibuja un corazón para despedirse de su hija en Ucrania, según reportes. pic.twitter.com/CJICyWl2jS— ADN America (@AmericaAdn) February 26, 2022
In one stirring video, a Ukrainian soldier can be seen saying goodbye to his daughter as she and her mother prepare to evacuate Kyiv ahead of a coordinated Russian assault on the city.
The little girl can be seen handing her father a letter, bringing her war-hardened father to tears.
Padre ucraniano se despide de su hija antes de alejarla del peligro. Se queda atrás para luchar por Ucrania. | A Ukrainian father says goodbye to his daughter before sending her away from danger. He is staying behind to fight for Ukraine. #UkraineUnderAttack #UcraniaBajoFuego pic.twitter.com/eogeS7zGrU— ADN America (@AmericaAdn) February 26, 2022
In another video, a young Ukrainian soldier is seen recording a message to his parents -- presumably in preparation for the worst. "We are under heavy bombardment," he can be heard saying. "Mom... Dad... I love you."
Wow really sad: Ukrainian soldier: “We are under heavy bombardment.. Mom.. Dad.. I love you”— Emily Schrader - אמילי שריידר (@emilykschrader) February 24, 2022
Kira Rudik, a 36-year-old member or parliament and former tech entrepreneur, also took to social media to show how quickly her life changed after her country was invaded on Thursday.
"I learned to use Kalashnikov and am prepared to bear arms. It sounds surreal as just a few days ago it would never come to my mind. Our women will protect our soil the same way as our men," she tweeted.
I learn to use #Kalashnikov and prepare to bear arms. It sounds surreal as just a few days ago it would never come to my mind. Our #women will protect our soil the same way as our #men. Go #Ukraine! 🇺🇦 pic.twitter.com/UbF4JRGlcy— Kira Rudik (@kiraincongress) February 25, 2022
But as this picture of a child being born in a subway tunnel in Kyiv amid warnings of Russian air raids shows, life in Ukraine inevitably goes on.
In the last two days, Russia has sent almost 200,000 troops into Ukrainian territory, along with thousands on military vehicles that crossed into Ukraine from the north, east, and south. Several videos on social media show tanks roaming around Ukrainian cities.
An armed vehicle allegedly from Russia was reported to have run over a civilian car with a person still inside in Kiev.
Це називається "захищати від нацистської влади".— ВТОРАЯ ВОЛНА Covid-19☢️ ОДЕССА 🇺🇦 (@Odessa8436) February 25, 2022
Firefighters and other civilians are embarking in efforts to rescue those who have been left without a home or have been trapped by fire or rubble.
Kyiv citizens have moved to the subway stations to take shelter from the aerial attacks that are falling on the city.
Kharkiv: Hundreds huddle on the train platform, dark subway cars and on the stairwells as the Russian invasion of Ukraine continues. The station also serves as bomb shelter. Some have been here since 4am, most are restless. For safety the name of the station is not mentioned. pic.twitter.com/cuxiH4Ei3q— Marcus Yam 文火 (@yamphoto) February 24, 2022
Hundreds of people, including many women and children are currently taking shelter inside a subway station in Kharkiv, #Ukraine as explosions are heard in the city. @washingtonpost pic.twitter.com/ZddeHqlMvU— Salwan Georges (@salwangeorges) February 24, 2022
As Ukrainian citizens seek shelter from the raids, the streets of Kyiv are left empty.
Moments ago in Kyiv. Sirens and empty streets. Never in 12 years have I seen it so bare and eerie. pic.twitter.com/ewujNtznEo— Christopher Miller (@ChristopherJM) February 25, 2022