Disbelief, fear as Ukrainians wake up to war

Remote video URL
New: Gift this subscriber-only story to your friends and family

As dawn broke across a winter sky, residents in several parts of Ukraine woke up on Thursday (Feb 24) to the sound of gunfire and explosions, fearing the worst.

Russian troops had moved in on different fronts, bringing war directly on to the country's doorstep.

Already a subscriber? 

Dive deeper at $0.99/month

Want more exclusives, sharp insights into what's happening at home and abroad? Subscribe to stay informed.

Unlock these benefits

  • All subscriber-only content on ST app and straitstimes.com

  • Easy access any time via ST app on 1 mobile device

  • 2-week e-paper archive so you never miss out on any topic that matters to you

Join ST's Telegram channel and get the latest breaking news delivered to you.