As fighting continues in cities around Ukraine, families above and below the country are faced with the new reality of living in a country at war – and the children’s parents. having difficult conversations
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When war broke out in Ukraine following the Russian invasion, an estimated 100,000 Ukrainian citizens were displaced from their homes.
Having become refugees overnight, families have headed to the border in a desperate attempt to flee and reach safe havens in countries like Poland.
And for Ukrainian children, whose lives have been turned upside down in an instant, the rapidly evolving situation is confusing.
A father named Vitaly, from the capital Kyiv, told Daily mail : “I have a small child. Yesterday, we went to kindergarten, but today there is war. It has begun.”
He added that he will be staying with his elderly parents, who live on the outskirts of the city because they are “worried” about the events that are taking place.
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Ukrainian parents have also shared heartbreaking conversations with their children after the invasion – with confused kids asking their mom and dad what’s going on.
The newspaper reported on a mother whose kids were confused as to why they weren’t woken up for school.
After an innocent question from her kids, she was forced to tell them what was going on.
When the kids ask, “Is there a day off?” she had to tell them, “No, friends, the war has begun.”
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While Ukrainian citizens grapple with the new reality of life in a country at war, ordinary citizens are paying huge sums to travel outside the capital city.
Tetiana, a 32-year-old mother, was from Poland to visit her parents in Ukraine, where she currently lives with her husband and two children.
After the missile attacks began, she and her family took a taxi to the train station, where armed police were stopping anyone without a reserved ticket.
When they tried to catch a taxi to the western city of Lviv – near Poland – Tetiana said drivers were charging prices as high as €2,000, which she and her family couldn’t afford.
She said: “It was horrible. My daughters were so tired. We spent the whole night like this. It was a fight and we couldn’t escape – and even if we had, my parents are still in Ukraine. But what can I do for them?”
Across the country, children have been pictured hiding in metro stations for shelter from Russian shelling.
The BBC reports children from Number One school in the city of Druzhkivka are being led file by file down stairs in images reminiscent of The Blitz.
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