War in Ukraine: Citizens evacuate town of Irpin as homes are destroyed

Ukrainian civilians, assisted by the country’s military, are evacuating the small city of Irpin, which sits just 20km (12 miles) north-west of Kyiv.

The route is a difficult one, with many having to travel by foot along shelled roads and damaged bridges.

A woman carries a dog while people cross a destroyed bridge in the city of Irpin, northwest of Kyiv, 5 March 2022

Irpin has found itself on the frontline between Russian and Ukrainian forces over the past week.

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Artillery and air strikes have caused severe damage in the area, with at least one attack leaving a residential tower block almost completely destroyed.

A child looks on as residents evacuate the city of Irpin, northwest of Kyiv, 5 March 2022
A visibly exhausted woman is assisted while crossing a destroyed bridge in the city of Irpin, northwest of Kyiv

In recent days, trains have been transporting evacuees, mostly women and children, from Irpin on the outskirts of Kyiv into the capital.

A young girl looks out of a train window before it leaves carrying women and children that fled fighting in Bucha and Irpin from Irpin City to Kyiv, 4 March 2022

Earlier this week, the shelling of a residential block in Irpin was captured in video footage.

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Watch: Video shows a block of flats in Irpin, near Kyiv, being hit by projectiles..https://www.bbc.com/news

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