Ukrainians Flee Kyiv as Videos Show Air Raid Sirens Ringing Out

Videos of Ukrainians fleeing Kyiv while air raid sirens were ringing out have been circulating on social media as Russian President Vladimir Putin launched a full-scale invasion of the country.

One video, which has already amassed over 25,000 views shows a traffic jam as citizens attempt to leave Kyiv. Throughout the video, an air-raid siren can be heard.

Another short clip shows a person walking down a deserted road while the sound of sirens can be heard in the distance.

Not long after Russia declared war on Ukraine, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy declared martial law across the nation, according to a CNN report.

He also released a video where he told citizens to remain calm as he explained the situation.

Time and other news outlets posted the video to their Twitter page with a translation of Zelenskyy's speech.

"Dear Ukrainian citizens, this morning President Putin announced a special military operation in Donbas," he said according to Time's translation.

"Russia conducted strikes on our military infrastructure and our border guards. There were blasts heard in many cities of Ukraine.

"We're introducing martial law on the whole territory of our country."

He also said that he had spoken to U.S. President Joe Biden and was gaining international support against Russia's actions.

"A minute ago I had a conversation with President Biden. The U.S. have already started uniting international support.

"Today each of you should keep calm. Stay at home if you can. We are working. The army is working.The whole sector of defense and security is working.

"No panic. We are strong. We are ready for everything. We will win over everybody because we are Ukraine."

Multiple world leaders have condemned the actions of Russia since the invasion began.

"France strongly condemns Russia's decision to wage war on Ukraine. Russia must end its military operations immediately," French President Emmanuel Macron wrote on Twitter.

U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson echoed similar sentiments and insisted Putin had chosen "bloodshed" with his actions.

"I am appalled by the horrific events in Ukraine and I have spoken to President Zelenskyy to discuss next steps," he tweeted.

"President Putin has chosen a path of bloodshed and destruction by launching this unprovoked attack on Ukraine. The U.K. and our allies will respond decisively."

U.S. President Joe Biden issued many tweets highlighting the united response he would be taking with U.S. allies.

"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," he wrote on Twitter.

He followed this up by saying: "Tomorrow, I will be meeting with the leaders of the 7, and the United States and our allies and partners will be imposing severe sanctions on Russia.

"We will continue to provide support and assistance to Ukraine and the Ukrainian people."

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People take shelter in a metro station in Kyiv on the morning of February 24, 2022. Air raid sirens rang out in downtown Kyiv today as cities across Ukraine were hit with what Ukrainian officials said were Russian missile strikes and artillery. Daniel Leal/Getty Images