Invasion of Ukraine: The Stories Behind Those Forced to Flee Putin’s War | world news
As the Russian invasion of Ukraine continues, it is the stories of ordinary people that resonate most with the rest of the world.
Poland, Sky News caught up with some of those forced to flee the eye of the storm and their beloved homes in Ukraine for security on the other side of the border.
Here are some of their stories.
The mother: Victoria Korchevska
The 33-year-old full-time mother from Lviv came to Poland to reunite with her cousin who lives in the west of the country.
“My cousin lives in Chezov, so me and my kids are going there,” she says.
The pensioner: Elena the Onkevna
The 60-year-old woman in a wheelchair from Vynyca is traveling to Frankfurt because she has a son there.
She “very” wants to return to Ukraine and decides that Frankfurt is temporary.
“I’m not afraid of the Russians! Putin is going to die, and then we’ll all go home,” she said defiantly.
The Economist: Ola and Kostantin Melnyk
This mother and son from Ivano-Frankiwisk hope to travel to Paris, France to be with her husband who lives there.
“My son said only two weeks ago that he wanted to go to Paris – but we weren’t expecting to go so soon.”
The footballer: Genesis Oparahh (and the dog Zeus)
Originally from Nigeria, the 23-year-old lived in Kyiv, where he played professional football for the lower leagues in Ukraine.
He was also there to study.
“I’m going to Warsaw and then somewhere in Europe where I can play football again,” he said.
“I just thank God we’re safe.”
The accountant: Anastasia Chekh and Emilia
The 32-year-old mother and her six-year-old daughter from Zaporizhzjya near Donetsk are heading to Warsaw because Anastasia’s brother lives there.
“I left my parents behind because my father is not allowed to leave because of his age, despite his two disabilities,” she said.
“He won’t fight, but he will help, maybe he will make these explosive cocktails.”