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Inside Ukraine, under Russian attack

February 24, 2022 is a day few Ukrainians will forget. Nothing is Foreign looks at how the day unfolded for two different people, one in Kyiv and one in the east — and their plans to stay safe.

'I think you cannot be prepared for this,' says Maksym Kyiak, a pro-democracy activist living in Kyiv

People shelter with their dog in a subway station before a curfew comes into effect on Thursday in Kyiv, Ukraine. Overnight, Russia began a large-scale attack on Ukraine, with explosions reported in multiple cities and far outside the restive eastern regions held by Russian-backed rebels. (Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

Fears of warfare have become reality this week in Ukraine.  A Russian attack is underway — with explosions and shelling filling the skies above Kyiv and troops seizing Ukrainian territory.

On this week's episode of Nothing is Foreign, a world news podcast from CBC News and CBC Podcasts, host Tamara Khandaker speaks with Maksym Kyiak, a pro-democracy activist living in Kyiv, who talks about the mad dash to grab money and supplies as Russian troops move into the capital city and Sara Cincurova, a journalist covering human rights in Kharkiv, who describes the massive lines of desperate people at the train station trying to flee. 

"I think you cannot be prepared for this,' said Kyiak. 

We explore what sparked these Russian attacks and why now? And what does the future hold for Ukraine?