Hanna Hordynska spent ten days escaping the ravages of war Ukrainetraveled by car and on foot for several hours before she finally boarded a plane to Dublin.
s Hordynska (37 years old) left home in Lviv with her sister and niece, spending days trying to find her way out of Ukraine.
An investment analyst, she said her nightmare journey began on February 24 when she was woken up by a phone call from her boyfriend at 5am.
“His first words were ‘war has begun, Putin has sent troops to the country and declared war on Ukraine’,” Hordynska said.
“He told me to pack my things and get ready to go to Poland.”
She called her parents, sister and niece, who lived in her hometown of Berdyansk, near Mariupol, and told them to pack up.
Speaking from a hotel in Dublin, she added: “I started looking for train tickets to get my family out of the danger zone and into western Ukraine.
“But my parents refused to leave the house, only my sister and niece remained.
“And now my parents are taking shelter in their bathroom and hiding while the sirens go off and they can’t leave.
“I was able to talk to them but not always, because the Russians have vandalized the infrastructure and they don’t have electricity all the time and food is limited.”
Ms. Hordynska said she had been waiting for days for her sister and niece to reach Lviv by train.
“At night, I could not contact them, because the train stopped in the field and the driver asked them to turn off their phones and all lights so as not to attract the attention of the Russian military, because there might be shelling, she said.
“We left Lviv and spent two days trying to get to the Polish border, but that is not possible and it will take a long time.
“It looks like half of Ukraine has gathered to escape.
“People were crying and scared and trying to hide wherever they could.
“On the third day we arrived at the Romanian border, and the next day we were in Romania, where we met a strangely beautiful Romanian family who allowed them to stay at their home for two nights, until when my sister’s husband came looking for us.
“He went to Poland for work.
“It was difficult for me to cross the border because my parents were in the occupied city.
“It was horrible and I have never felt so scared and sad in my life.
“My boyfriends, friends, colleagues are still in Kyiv and other unsafe cities of Ukraine under shelling and bombing.
“You cross the border and you don’t know if you’ll ever meet, if they’re still alive.
“After a day of non-stop driving to sleep or eat and with our two children, we arrived in Poland. Strangers allowed us to spend the night in their apartment in Warsaw for a few days. After that, we ending in Dublin. The whole journey took 10 days. days.”
Ms Hordynska said she could neither sleep nor make any plans because she did not know what would happen in the days and weeks ahead.
She had limited contact with her parents and said there were gas and communication problems and that food was running out.
Although she did not know anyone in Ireland, Ms Hordynska decided to go to the Irish capital because she wanted to get as far away from Ukraine as possible.
She said she was surprised and grateful for the kindness of strangers and Irish people.
Since arriving in Dublin last week, Ms Hordynska has volunteered at a center collecting donations to send to Ukraine.
“Everyone has been so kind every step of the way to Ireland,” she added.
“But I don’t have good dreams.
“I don’t sleep much because I’m always reading about Ukraine and connecting with friends and family and I can’t tell them without crying.
“I just dream of meeting my family, my parents and being with my boyfriend again. I just think about it.”
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/people-have-been-so-kind-but-i-dont-have-nice-dreams-ukrainian-womans-ten-day-journey-from-war-torn-homeland-to-dublin-41437453.html ‘People are so kind…but I don’t have good dreams’ – A Ukrainian woman’s 10-day journey from her war-torn homeland to Dublin