Ukrainian refugees have crossed various borders including Poland and Slovakia over the past few days, fleeing the outbreak of war in their country following Russia’s invasion on Thursday.
Some had to leave their families, while others brought them in tow. But as they crossed into Polish and Slovakian border communities, they were met by local residents bringing food and toys for children, and charity workers trying to help find them shelter.
“Taking away my family is the main thing for me now,” said refugee Ihor Siema. “I must take away the family. Then we will live, we will see.”
Some Ukrainians, however, are heading back to their country, with plans to fight Russia.
“They attacked us, such a tragedy has happened, I have to go home,” said Yaroslav Guchko, who was outside a train station in Medyka, Poland.
More than 100,000 people have entered Poland since Thursday alone, the government said. In Slovakia, approximately 10,526 people had been processed at the border, when it normally averages about 1,444 daily.
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