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Medical student Carlow Racheal Diyaolu is still in Ukraine after his car was shot by Russian troops

Student Carlow Rachael Diyaolu and his group of friends are still in Ukraine and hope to reach the European border tomorrow.

The 19-year-old from Carlow 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.

“We are still in Ukraine, we cannot go to Moldova because the border we were supposed to go to is closed. It may not be Moldova that we have to discuss the border we are going to but we hope to reach the European border tomorrow,” Ms. Diyaolu told Independent.ie.

“We’re good, we’re just a bit exhausted from our ride so far but we’re still optimistic. We are staying in a hotel, we have electricity but we are still under curfew, so we are not allowed to turn on the lights. We are in a safe area of ​​Ukraine. ”

The students were trapped in the university city of Sumy, which was recently heavily bombarded by Russian troops.

Joe McCarthy, 55, and Gary Taylor, 45, who run the Ready2Rock landscape in Falkirk, attempted to escape Monday morning when they picked up seven people, including four Ukrainians.

The evacuation attempt appeared to have failed after rescuers were shot by Russian soldiers about 80 kilometers from the city.

McCarthy’s car was hit by Russian soldiers today and a bullet went straight through one of the wheels.

He posted a photo of the damaged rim on the couple’s TikTok page but said they are “all good now”.

Ms Diyaolu said the students were not on the bus when the incident happened, she said: “Two front tires were shot in, so we were stopped for more than two hours trying to fix the problem. there. We’re not in the car, they’re going to Sumy. “

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Image of a bullet going through a wheel rim (Image credit: ready2rocklandscaping)

Christiana, Diyaolu’s sister, said today that the group of nine faced “a lot of difficulties”.

Christiana tweeted: “Communication is slow, they are having a big problem with the vehicle and they are still in Ukraine. Sadly, they will not reach the EU border today. A fundraiser was organized to support them. “

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 has been very helpful so far during their journey from Sumy.

Joseph McCarthy has regularly posted video updates on their social media page about their efforts to get people out of the war-torn country.

Two men tried to rescue the students on Sunday, but their efforts appear to have been thwarted by Russian soldiers.

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