A child is seen crying at the Polish border after being forced to say goodbye to his father who is staying in Ukraine as Vladimir Putin’s Russian troops continue to attack
The image of a young girl in tears at the border with Poland after saying goodbye to her father who was fighting in Ukraine captures the upheaval caused by the Russian invasion.
The child has a yellow backpack with some belongings that he can take with his family, as well as others, fleeing the bombings and heading for the border with Poland.
Hundreds of thousands of women and children have arrived, not knowing where to go or what to do after having to say goodbye to husbands and fathers.
The crying young girl was only allowed a quick goodbye to her father while he remained in Ukraine as Vladimir Putin’s troops continued to lay siege to the cities.
Some 500,000 women and children have fled Ukraine with many waiting in freezing conditions in eastern Poland, Slovakia and Hungary as well as northeastern Romania.
Men of military age – between 18 and 60 – are not allowed to leave Ukraine.
Model Vladislava Zaichenko, 22, was one of many Ukrainians at the Przemysl train station on the border from the city of Kharkiv.
She is now hoping to reach London having traveled more than 1,250 miles.
“I don’t want to leave but we have no choice. It was difficult – especially with the bombing in Kharkiv. What Putin is doing to my country is disgusting. He was an animal, I traveled all over Ukraine and when we made our way to safety, Putin killed innocent civilians,” she said. Sun.
“He is not against the government – he is fighting with the Ukrainian people. Our brothers and husbands. You don’t want to wake up in this world when you understand that your family is out there in a crazy place and everywhere there are Russian troops. “
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Waiting times to cross the border range from a few hours at small junctions to several days on more congested routes like Medyka in Poland, where lines on the Ukraine side stretch for tens of miles.
“The queues are huge, the border police are allowing undocumented people to enter and the government is talking to their Ukrainian counterparts about simplicity,” said Polish Prime Minister’s chief of staff Michal Dworczyk. streamline procedures.
“If we count the active border points, there are definitely more than a quarter of a million people at the borders,” he said.
Crowds of people and cars have already begun to clog border towns like Medyka, as refugees wait to be picked up.
The mayor of Przemysl, Wojciech Bakun, urged Polish volunteers to stop showing up with cars to provide transport for newly arrived groups, saying traffic was becoming unmanageable.
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As officials searched for ways to undo the knots, Ukrainians living in the European Union waited anxiously at border crossings to greet family members.
Veronika Sahlikova Kufelt, who had come from Germany to meet her nieces and grandmothers at the Ubla junction in Slovakia, said: “We have been waiting here for three days and they have been on the road for more than four days.
In Hungary, in the village of Tiszabecs nestled in the bend of the Tisza River, a Ukrainian refugee – Tanya – arrived at 4 a.m. with two children aged one and eight.
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As she waited for a friend to drive them to meet her husband in Lublin, southeastern Poland, cars with license plates from Hungary, Italy and the Czech Republic came and went, carrying refugees.
Her town of Kalush in western Ukraine was quite peaceful before she hit the road. Tanya said: “Only the siren sounded.
At Medyka, Poland’s busiest border crossing, officials loaded the new arrivals onto tour buses before taking them to a reception center in the nearby town of Przemysl, where friends and relatives were located. and volunteers were waiting.
“I took the train from Kyiv to Lviv to the point where the taxi took us,” said a Ukrainian woman. “I walked the last 50 kilometers.”
Newcomers curled up in blankets around the fire as they waited in the cold, snowy weather to leave the reception centre.
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