Fleeing Ukrainians remember the misery at home

The number of refugees who have fled Ukraine has now reached 1.2 million, the International Organization for Migration said on Friday.

GB About: #FridayFeeling Publish: 03/04/2022 Edit: 03/04/2022 Author: Gardener

UkraineMEDVYKA: As Ludmila Sokol walked the last 14 miles to the Ukrainian border and to safety, she was moved by the mountains of clothing and other personal items that many others had discarded as they fled the fighting in front of her. "You should have seen things scattered on the street," said the physical education teacher from Zaporizhia. Your host tied a homemade Ukrainian flag to a fishing rod to wave in a small gesture of defiance at Russia's invasion. The number of refugees who have fled Ukraine has now reached 1.2 million, the International Organization for Migration said on Friday. N. said and predicted that up to 4 million people could go. 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. And she was shot, she's dead now, unfortunately,” said Vladislav Stoyka, a doctor from Kyiv who was on vacation in Slovakia when he woke up on the day of the Russian invasion to find himself a fugitive. “A lot of people will do it too, Bratislava, to Prague, to Germany,” said Mihail Aleksa, a Slovak Red Cross volunteer. "Very importantly, you know, they can now go almost anywhere in Europe for free if they have passports." But many are finding a new home away from Europe. More than 80 people, including Ukrainian family members, arrived in Mexico City early Friday after a 23-hour flight. "It's a sense of security, of relief, but at the same time we have mixed feelings and we even feel a little guilty that we're okay knowing that our relatives are in a bunker right now," one said Evacuees, Alba Becerra."My son's father is in a basement, my daughter-in-law's parents are also in a bunker, all in Ukraine."At the Medyka border post with Poland, 65-year-old Katarzyna Gordyczuk boarded a bus that was moving "I left my farm, my husband and my children, who are still in Ukraine," Yan said Skvyrskyi calls his mother in Ukraine at least 12 times a day, spending sleepless nights worrying about her but fearing it may be too dangerous to help her now while fleeing the vom to help war-torn country. "We're all very nervous and trying everything to get our families out," Skvyrskyi told The Associated Press. Skvyrskyi is among Europe's more than 1.5 million Ukrainian diaspora, more than 1 million live in Poland, over 300,000 in Germany and about 250,000 in Italy, with smaller numbers in other countries. While many Ukrainians came to Germany, many of them from Jewish communities, after the collapse of the Soviet Union 30 years ago, Poles only came more recently, often after 2014 when Russia annexed Ukraine's Crimea peninsula, in search of work or higher education Polish universities. Ukrainians have been coming to Italy mainly as migrant workers for the past 25 years. Some have returned to Ukraine to fight the Russian army, others are collecting medicine, food and clothing to give to aid groups on the Ukrainian border, and many are trying to organize their families and friends' escape from Ukraine. Skvyrskyi, 38, who works in sales in Berlin, immigrated to Germany when he was six. His parents returned home years later and now live in Dnipro, central Ukraine, with his brother and their two young grandchildren. Together with members of the Chabad Jewish community in Berlin, to which he belongs, Skvyrskyi organizes buses and daily truck shuttles with medical, hygiene and basic food supplies to the Ukrainian border. "A majority of the 50,000 Jews living in Berlin are from Ukraine," says Rabbi Yehuda Teichtal of the Chabad community, which he says is inundated with calls and messages from Ukrainians, both in Ukraine and fleeing their country . "Many of them come to Germany and come to Berlin because they are convinced that their economic future is best here," he said. On Thursday, the UN refugee agency said more than a million people had fled Ukraine. Most are women and children, as men of military age are not allowed to leave Ukraine. Hundreds of trains arrive in Berlin every day from Poland after crossing from Ukraine. The city's mayor said around 20,000 refugees are expected in the near future, and authorities are reopening shelters built during the major migrant crisis of 2015-16, when more than 1 million people from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan reached Germany. The Chabad community has taken in over 20 families and expects to take in at least 100 more in the coming days, Teichtal said. In addition to those brought by families and friends, some refugees made their own way to the Chabad synagogue, knocked on the door, and asked for protection. An Israeli, who lived in Ukraine before the outbreak of war, has been sleeping in the synagogue since arriving earlier this week, and more rooms and welcome packs have been prepared for those expected in the days and weeks to come. Vlad Pinkskij is another point of contact for Ukrainians in Berlin. The 46-year-old, who emigrated from Odessa at the age of 14, has a relocation agency that primarily helps Russians to find jobs and start a new life in Berlin. Now other German-Ukrainians are begging him to help them bring their families with them. Pinkskij has already given his eight-seater van to a friend, who drives back and forth to pick up refugees from the Polish-Ukrainian border. A Telegram group he opened a few days ago for those who want to help has more than 800 members and is growing. While Pinksky's immediate family left Ukraine three decades ago, he still works endless hours every day to get as many people out of the country as possible. "These are people who need our help now," said Pinsky, nervously pacing up and down his office in the Steglitz district. “Six days ago they had an apartment, a house, a garden, a car, a life, husbands. Among those he has helped reach Berlin is Lilia Kosovich, 60, the wife of a good friend from Ivano-Frankivsk in western Ukraine. Along with her daughter-in-law Khrystyna Kosovich, 30, relative Iryna Kozoriz, 29, and two 5-year-old girls, Kamila and Anastasia, she left home on Friday and drove to the border, where all five waited for hours before being able to enter Poland They are currently staying with another friend, but Pinsky showed them the newly furnished bedroom in his office in case they want to move in. Asked about their husbands, who have decided to stay and fight the Russians, all three started cry."We get a lot of help here, and Ukraine gets a lot of help," Kozoriz said tearfully. "But we need more military help because if Ukraine loses, there is a serious risk that (Russian President Vladimir Putin) will get a lot." goes on" and invaded other European countries. The two little girls hugged their crying mothers and grandmother with wide, frightened eyes without really closing understand what was going on. They had been told that they would all be going to Germany on vacation for just a few weeks.

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