People Fleeing Sumy Arrive in Poltava Overnight

Buses full of people fleeing the heavily bombed city of Sumy arrived in Poltava, Ukraine, after a humanitarian corridor was established on March 8.

Footage posted by Dmytro Lunin, the acting head of Poltava Regional State Administration, early on March 9 shows buses arriving at Poltava-Pidenna train station.

Lunin said 5,000 people had been evacuated from Sumy. He said most of the evacuees were women and children and that many travelled west from Poltava by train.

The Office of the President of Ukraine said on Facebook that the humanitarian corridor for civilians, foreign students, and aid would be open from 10 am to 9 pm local time on March 8.

According to the UN Refugee Agency, an estimated two million people have fled Ukraine since Russia’s military invasion began. Credit: Dmytro Lunin via Storyful