Ukraine war in photos: Mothers and children — in search of safety – Grid News
Ukraine war in photos: Mothers and children — in search of safety

Since the war began, more than 6 million people have fled Ukraine; another 8 million have left their homes for other, safer parts of the country; and given restrictions on men of fighting age (defined broadly as 18 to 60 years of age) leaving the country, the vast majority of those leaving have been women and children.

We dedicate this space to them.

This collection of photos includes women preparing to give birth — in extreme circumstances; mothers and children in varying stages of evacuation; a mother and daughter playing on a destroyed Russian tank near Makhariv; a soldier’s mother, waiting for news; and — beyond Ukraine’s borders — mothers and children march in Amsterdam, and a mother and daughter wait in Tijuana, Mexico, hoping to gain entry to the United States.

ZAPORIZHIA, UKRAINE - 2022/05/08: A mother with her kids evacuated from Mariupol arrived at night at Zaporizhia Center for displaced people. Every day refugees from all over eastern Ukraine arrive to Zaporizhia Center for displaced people fleeing from combat zones or occupied territories by Russian army. Russia invaded Ukraine on 24 February 2022, triggering the largest military attack in Europe since World War II. (Photo by Rick Mave/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
ZAPORIZHZHIA, UKRAINE - MAY 2 : Evacuation centre that recieves people fleeing inside Zaporizhzhia region and Mariupol. Cars and vans arrive with IDPs from several cities and villages most from russian occupied territories. People coming from Mala Tokmachka. Mother with her few months baby. Zaporizhzhia on May 2, 2022. (Photo by Andre Luis Alves/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
KRAMATORSK, DONETSK, UKRAINE - 2022/05/09: A little boy is seen with his mother and other refugees in an evacuation bus from Kramatorsk to Dnipro. Russian President Vladimir Putin has described his country’s military action in Ukraine as a preemptive move against potential aggression, telling his soldiers in the neighboring country they are fighting for the security of Russia. The escalation of war in Ukraine has caused civilian casualties and destruction of civilian infrastructure, forcing people to flee their homes seeking safety, protection and assistance. Almost 10 weeks into the invasion, civilian casualties continue to mount. Russia invaded Ukraine on 24 February 2022, triggering the largest military attack in Europe since World War II. (Photo by Andriy Andriyenko/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
ZAPORIZHZHIA, UKRAINE - 2022/05/11: A mother helps her daughter with her toy in an underground refugee shelter. Temporary refugee shelters have been set up in Zaporizhia, as the city has constantly been receiving refugees fleeing from Russian-controlled territories in the country's east and south. According to the United Nations, more than 11 million people have fled from their homes in Ukraine since the conflict began in February, with 7.7 million people displaced inside their homeland. (Photo by Alex Chan Tsz Yuk/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
ZAPORIZHIA, ZAPORIZKA OBLAST, UKRAINE - 2022/05/08: A mother with her baby registers their identifications in the temporary refugee tent in Zaporizhia. Amid the intensified war crisis in Southeast Ukraine, millions of Ukrainian families have now been evacuated from the war zones and Russia controlled territories to Ukraine controlled territories like Zaporizhia.
According to the United Nations, more than 11 million people are believed to have fled their homes in Ukraine since the conflict began, with 7.7 million people displaced inside their homeland. (Photo by Alex Chan Tsz Yuk/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
ZAPORIZHZHIA, UKRAINE - 2022/05/11: A mother is sizing clothing for her daughter in an underground refugee shelter. Temporary refugee shelters have been set up in Zaporizhia, as the city has constantly been receiving refugees fleeing from Russian-controlled territories in the country's east and south. According to the United Nations, more than 11 million people have fled from their homes in Ukraine since the conflict began in February, with 7.7 million people displaced inside their homeland. (Photo by Alex Chan Tsz Yuk/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
MAKARIV, KYIV REGION, UKRAINE - 2022/05/07: A mother lifts her daughter on the tower of a destroyed Russian tank near Makariv village, Kyiv region. Russia invaded Ukraine on 24 February 2022, triggering the largest military attack in Europe since World War II. (Photo by Mikhail Palinchak/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
KYIV, UKRAINE - MAY 9, 2022: Families of the Ukrainian soldiers at Azovstal Industrial Facilities in Mariupol, which were most affected by Russia's attacks on Ukraine, asked for help to reach their children in Kyiv, Ukraine on May 9, 2022. The family of Andrey Tokar, who took refuge in the Azovstal Industrial Plant with hundreds of Ukrainian soldiers after the city was under Russian control, has not heard from him for 74 days. Smoke rises from time to time from the facilities, which are targeted with heavy bombardment by the Russian army as the Azov Battalion soldiers are almost cut off from the world. After the evacuation of the Ukrainian civilians in Azovstal to the safe areas of Ukraine via Zaporizhia, there is no clear information about the fate of the Ukrainian soldiers who stayed in Azovstal and continued to clash with the Russian army. Andrey Tokar is 31 years old. He joined the army in 2014 to defend Ukraine. He hasn't been able to communicate for months with family. â I know it's very difficult there, they don't always have food and water,❠told Andrey Tokarâs mother to Anadolu Agency. (Photo by Abdullah Unver/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
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