Heartbreaking reason why people are leaving prams at train station: 'So beautiful'

·News Reporter
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WARNING – CONFRONTING CONTENT: Prams with blankets are lining the platform at a train station in Poland and the "beautiful" reason why is leaving people heartbroken.

A photo circulating on Twitter shows at least seven prams left unattended by Polish mums to help Ukrainian parents escaping the war with their babies in their arms.

The thoughtful gesture which was originally captured and shared by photojournalist Francesco Malavolta, prompted a large bout of praise on social media.

Prams left at the Polish train station for families fleeing Ukraine.
Prams were left at the train station by Polish mums for families fleeing the Ukraine. Source: Francesco Malavolta/Twitter

"As a first-time dad to my first baby, I’m so deeply touched by this act of kindness," one person wrote.

"What a wonderful gesture. Babies being carried miles and miles such a relief for the mums to just lay them in a pram," another said.

"The most beautiful photo I've seen today," another wrote.

"Poland really stepping up to the plate, faith [in] humanity [still] exists," someone said on Reddit.

It's believed over 1.5 million refugees have fled the embattled country since Russia invaded 12 days ago, with up to 80,000 people crossing the 300-mile border between Ukraine and Poland every day.

Ukrainian citizens killed while trying to flee

Despite thousands of people safely making it out of the country alive, Russian soldiers are deliberately killing Ukrainian civilians trying to flee, it's been reported.

It's believed hundreds of Ukrainians were using a small bridge to flee Irpin, near Kyiv, before it was partially blown up. But people still tried making the distance on foot below to escape the ongoing fighting, with Ukrainian soldiers assisting elderly men and women and children.

The horrific moment a Ukrainian mother and her two kids were killed by a mortar shell while fleeing.
New York Times photographer Lynsey Addario captured the horrific moment a mother and her two kids were killed by a mortar shell as hundreds of civilians sought safety. Source: Lynsey Addario/Twitter

According to the New York Times, explosions first erupted about 90-100 meters from the bridge before they shifted towards a section of the street where people were fleeing.

New York Times photographer Lynsey Addario captured the horrific moment a mother and her two kids were killed by a mortar shell as hundreds of civilians sought safety. The father was wounded in the attack.

The harrowing photo shared on Twitter shows the bodies of the woman, her teenage son and little daughter — believed to be around eight — laying on the street following the attack, with their suitcases and few belongings sprawled across the road beside them.

Civilians cross rubble at a damaged bridge in the Irpin city near from Kyiv (Kiev), Ukraine, on Sunday.
It's believed hundreds of Ukrainians were using a small bridge to flee Irpin, near Kyiv, before it was partially blown up. Source: AAP

A video was shared online on Monday showing what looks like the corridor for civilians to leave the city coming under fire from Russian troops.

Ukraine's Interior Ministry said on Sunday it would continue the evacuation of civilians from Irpin after recent shelling of the town, Reuters reports.

The State Emergency Service also said it was setting up tents to provide medical care to all those who needed it.

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