Russia-Ukraine war, deportation of refugees: “They want to go home. On average 200 days they ask how to do it” – Stories

From the intercity on the night of March 26 Projemisal It was quite crowded in Kiev, but more than three-quarters of the passengers, women and children disembarked at the same station. Lviv. On the contrary, the journey began, but it was still confined to the western part of Ukraine. People in Kiev at that time still felt blockaded and liberated IrpinHe soon announced that he would indeed liberate the city, but discovered the horrors of the Russian retreat towards Russia. Belarus. In the morning after the departure, at the central station of the capital, mainly soldiers and men in general, Ukrainians and foreigners, involved in the conflict in various ways, landed. A month later The situation is many Changed: Fewer Ukrainian women, children and elderly people flee to Poland and Europe In large quantitiesOn the contrary, they decide Go back home And again embracing their husbands and children in the war: “Every day, for a while, Tesco builds 200 people Ask for support and information To re-enter In Ukraine. I believe in numbers Will increase“, Explains Carolina bootcakes, Coordinator of the Refugee Reception Center in Prajemisal. “Upon entering Poland, they guarantee free access to everything, including food and lodging, and even a SIM card, to travel around Poland and obviously for transportation abroad, including bus and train tickets. “On the other hand, those who have decided to return will have to buy their own tickets.”

The night train carriage is full, Not even a seat is vacant. While waiting outside the Document Control Area on Platform 5, detached from the Polish station’s ‘Community’ track, though following an orderly line, hundreds of crowds gathered around. There are some exceptions All women, They travel with very heavy luggage and have to look after very young children, but also dogs and cats. This is the case with Ludmiller: “He has fourfold I step back From Ukraine to Poland and vice versa. When I see a Lviv I packed my bags, picked up my cat, put it in my carrier and took the first step Krakow Where I have relatives. My partner is busy in Lviv, he can’t leave the country and I’m scared. ” Customs checks are carried out on board. Half a dozen young female soldiers, as found a month ago, verify every passport and permit. From the screens of modern trains on the Ukrainian Railways, cartoons are shown to keep the little ones happy while the mothers are engrossed in a long chat. Unknown women who find the best way to alleviate the worries of war in female empathy and spend time in a less tiring way: “I can’t wait to get back to my home on the outskirts of Kiev”, says mother Irina, traveling with her ten-year-old daughter. “My husband claims that the worst is over. Let’s try to see if we can get our old life back. I am happy for my daughter, the lessons are still far away, but they are something else to do from home. ” Twelve hour journey, A river of people comes out of the wagon. The sky is overcast, but light temperatures announce spring after a normal winter which is very cold in these parts. At the top of the stairs leading from the platform to the large waiting room, a boy in his early twenties ran to meet his girlfriend who had just returned from Poland.

Meanwhile Kharkiv, The second largest city in Ukraine and its oblast, has been severely bombarded. Now, together Mariupol And Kherson, One of the cities most affected by the Russian invasion. In the aftermath of the upheaval, Kharkiv has been in turmoil since late February: “The Russians entered our territory between 26 and 27 February, and within days they occupied a part of the region, especially the southeast. I have dozens of villages, including the city, Kupiansk. I was able to move my family: my mother and two sisters Kmnel’nitsky And my wife in Poland. However, my wife’s parents, the eldest, wanted to stay and we didn’t know anything about them for a month and a half. The country no longer has internet connection, no electricity, water is rationed ”. Nikolai Burjak It is ranked 43rd in the international karate rankings. He is returning by train Ujghorod, A large center on the Penta-Border Line (Ukraine, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary and Romania) in the far west, in Poltava, 150 km west of Kharkiv, where it rested in anticipation of events. He shares the bogie with some comrades from the Ukrainian karate election, but otherwise the train is half empty. Serious fighting is raging in Kharkiv: “My house is gone, the Russians have occupied it,” Burjak said as he returned from a sports meeting. “I still do not understand the meaning of this aggression. I can speak Russian myself and I will continue to do so. That is to say, everyone here is willing to make extreme sacrifices to fight the enemy. Our freedom is also to be able to speak a different language and this diversity does not go to Putin. I was born in a remote village and yet I was able to travel the world for my sport. Now I have no home and no future. ” Finally, the military operation: “The Russians were sure to capture the big city as well, but the resistance was fierce. There were fierce fighting day and night from north to south, the front always changing between offensive and counter-attack. Please be careful when coming forward.”

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