Hundreds of people were forced to shelter overnight in the subway stations of the Kyiv Metro as Russian troops advanced on Ukraine’s capital. Families huddled on platforms and stairs, while some sheltered in train carriages. Civilians also sheltered in Kharkiv Metro in the east of the country.
At an average of 105 metres below street level, Kiev’s metro system is the deepest in the world. The network, which was completed during the height of the Cold War, was deliberately built deep into the ground to double up as a bomb shelter.
As Russia continues its invasion of Ukraine, Western intelligence services fear Kyiv could fall under Russian control by the weekend.