As Ukrainians flee, 'we even feel a little guilty, we're fine'

MEDYKA, Poland (AP) -- Ludmila Sokol, who walked the last 14 miles to Ukraine's border and to safety, was moved by the mountains of clothes and other personal items that many others had thrown away as she walked ahead of the fighting fled. "You should have seen things scattered on the street," said the physical education teacher from Zaporizhia. "Because the further you carry things, the harder it gets." Like more than 1 million others, she is now struggling with the pain of...

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UkrainiansPeople who left Ukraine wait at the border crossing in Medyka, Poland on Friday, March 4, 2022 for a bus that will take them to the train station in Przemysl. MEDYKA, Poland (AP) -- Walking the last 14 miles to the Ukrainian border and escorted to safety, Ludmila Sokol was moved by the mountains of clothes and other personal belongings that many others had thrown away as they fled the fighting from her . "You should have seen things scattered on the street," said the physical education teacher from Zaporizhia. Zlata, 3.5 years old, flees the conflict in neighboring Ukraine with her face painted in the colors of the Ukrainian flag at the Romanian-Ukrainian border in Siret, Romania, Thursday, March 3, 2022. Her host tied a homemade Ukrainian flag to a fishing pole to wave in a small gesture of defiance at Russia's invasion. Refugees fleeing the conflict in neighboring Ukraine exit a tent at the Romanian-Ukrainian border in Siret, Romania, Thursday, March 3, 2022. The number of people fleeing Ukraine as a result of the Russian invasion surpassed 1 million on Wednesday, the fastest refugee exodus in this century, the United Nations said, as Russian forces continued bombing the country's second-biggest city, Kharkiv, and two strategic seaports besieged. The number of people fleeing Ukraine's Russian invasion surpassed 1 million on Wednesday, the fastest refugee exodus this century, the United Nations said, as Russian forces resumed their bombardment of the country's second-largest city, Kharkiv. continued and besieged two strategic seaports. (AP Photo/Andreea Alexandru) (AP Photo/Andreea Alexandru) The number of refugees fleeing Ukraine has now reached 1.2 million, the International Organization for Migration said on Friday. This could become the "biggest refugee crisis of this century," the UN said, predicting as many as 4 million people could leave. The European Union decided on Thursday to grant people fleeing temporary protection and residence permits. At a refugee camp in Siret, Romania, volunteers and rescue workers paused to host a birthday party for a 7-year-old Ukrainian girl, complete with cake, balloons and singing. Children's Agency N. said that half a million children in Ukraine had to flee their homes in the first week of the Russian invasion, but did not say how many left the country. It was quickly filled with 29 members of a Roma family from Didova, Ukraine. "I have a large family and when we heard about what happened next door on the news, our hearts started beating faster. And my whole family and I tried to help,” the pastor said. Members of the Portuguese Red Cross prepare cots in a sports hall converted to temporarily house Ukrainian refugees arriving in Lisbon on Thursday March 3, 2022. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees says 1 million people have fled Ukraine since the Russian invasion less than a week ago. (AP Photo/Armando Franca) And she was shot, unfortunately now she's dead," said Vladislav Stoyka, a doctor from Kyiv who was on vacation in Slovakia when he woke up on the day of the Russian invasion and found a fugitive. A woman fleeing Ukraine holds a baby as she arrives at the border crossing in Medyka, Poland, on Friday March 4, 2022. "A lot of people also go to Bratislava, to Prague, to Germany," said Mihail Aleksa, a Slovak Red Cross volunteer. "It is very important that if you have a passport, you can now go almost anywhere in Europe for free." But many are finding a new home far from Europe. More than 80 people, including Ukrainian family members, arrived in Mexico City early Friday after a 23-hour flight. A woman with a baby arrives from Ukraine at the border crossing in Medyka, Poland, on Friday March 4, 2022. "My son's father is in a basement, my daughter-in-law's parents are also in a bunker, all in Ukraine." A young girl receives food on Friday, March 4, 2022, at the border crossing in Medyka, Poland. More than 1 million people have fled Ukraine after the Russian invasion in the fastest refugee exodus this century, the United Nations said on Thursday. More than 1 million people have fled Ukraine after Russia's invasion, the fastest refugee exodus this century, the United Nations said on Thursday. More than 1 million people have fled Ukraine after Russia's invasion, the fastest refugee exodus this century, the United Nations said on Thursday. More than 1 million people have fled Ukraine after Russia's invasion, the fastest refugee exodus this century, the United Nations said on Thursday. At the Medyka border post with Poland, 65-year-old Katarzyna Gordyczuk boarded a bus preparing to return anew. "I left my farm, husband and children who are still in Ukraine," she said. Their bus home was almost empty.


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