KYIV, Ukraine — Tampa-based nonprofit Project DYNAMO says it's helped evacuate three more buses of people out of Ukraine and into Romania. So far, Project DYNAMO has rescued more than 60 people—and now—one dog and one cat.

Those evacuees are all en route to Bucharest, following an 18-hour trek across Ukraine over the last few days.

What You Need To Know

  • Tampa-based nonprofit Project DYNAMO has rescued more than 60 people from Ukraine

  • Evacuees are en route to Bucharest

  • More than 2,000 people have requested rescue

These evacuees hail from a number of countries, including the United States, the United Kingdom, Romania, Afghanistan and Ukraine itself. 

Project DYNAMO says it will continue to evacuate as many of the 2,000 people who requested evacuation as the group can help. The nonprofit has been preparing for these missions since January, when it became clear that tensions could soon intensify and that the United States government would not be able to rescue American citizens.

According to the group, the name comes from "'Operation Dynamo,' the codename issued to the Dunkirk evacuation operation of World War II that utilized civilians and civilian assets." Previously, they helped Americans escape from Afghanistan when the United States withdrew military forces.