Russia is moving thousands of troops and armored vehicles into position for a large-scale assault on the Donbas region of eastern Ukraine. As a result, civilians are fleeing westward for their lives in the opposite direction.

A satellite image shows armored vehicles and trucks at the southern end of a military convoy moving southward, east of Kharkiv, Ukraine, on April 8, 2022. Image Source: Maxar Technologies/Handout via Reuters

Ukrainian President Zelensky has warned his people that an attack by Russian army units in the east is coming, but he added that his troops are ready.

He stated in a televised speech late Sunday:

“Russian troops will move to even larger operations in the east of our state. They can use even more missiles against us, even more air bombs.  But we are preparing for their actions. We will respond. We will be even more active in providing Ukraine with weapons. We will be more active in the international arena. We will be even more active in the information field.”