Student Carlow Racheal Diyaolu and his group of friends have successfully reached the EU border.
It is believed that the group of nine departed from Ukraine this morning in the hope of reaching the EU border safely.
The 19-year-old was rescued on Monday, along with her Nigerian friends Roycee Iloielunachi and Anolajuwon Solarin, by two Scottish gardeners, who carried them out of the city.
The students were trapped in the university city of Sumy, which was recently heavily bombarded by Russian troops.
Christiana, Diyaolu’s sister, gave an update online today, saying: ‘They’ve come to an EU BORDER! I can scream from the hills! “
“They have reached the border and are now passing through. I have been asked not to reveal their exact location until they arrive safely. Next Step Ireland. ”
The group encountered many obstacles along the way and remained in Ukraine last night.
Joe McCarthy (55) and Gary Taylor (45), who run the Ready2Rock landscape in Falkirk, volunteered to take students out of Sumy and have posted the updated video on their TikTok page.
Yesterday’s evacuation attempt appeared to have failed after rescuers were shot by Russian soldiers about 80 kilometers from the city.
Mr. McCarthy’s car was targeted and shot by Russian soldiers on Tuesday and a bullet went straight through the rim of one of its wheels.
A video posted yesterday shows the damage done to Mr McCarthy’s car as it was targeted and shot by Russian soldiers and a bullet went straight through the rim of one of the wheels.
Yesterday, Racheal Diyaolu told Independent.ie that they were still trying to find a safe way to cross the border because a border crossing point they had previously identified in Moldova was closed.
Speaking on RTÉ’s Irish Morning program, Diyaolu’s sister Christiana said Rachael had texted her family earlier to let them know “they’re on their way”.
“I believe they are making good progress,” she said.
“It’s been three long days and now we’re almost at the end. It’s just the last stretch and hopefully she’ll cross the border soon and come home to us.”
“Some roads in Ukraine are not the smoothest, so they had a lot of problems with their car, but it looked good today and hopefully the journey will be smooth and they will be on the right track. .”
The convoy carrying Racheal Diyaolu and others was slowed down by several Russian and Ukrainian checkpoints.
Posting on his TikTok account, Mr McCarthy said Ukrainian police assisted them by giving them a letter, allowing them to safely pass through the checkpoints.
Ms. Diyaolu said the letter was very helpful so far during their journey from Sumy.
https://www.independent.ie/news/carlow-medical-student-racheal-diyaolu-finally-on-way-home-after-reaching-eu-border-41428430.html Medical student Carlow Racheal Diyaolu is finally on his way home after arriving at the EU border