Heartbreaking moment Desperate Ukrainian families flood train station as 210 people now dead in Putin’s invasion – Reuters

A train station in UKRAINE has been overwhelmed by thousands of desperate refugees as desperate citizens flee war-torn cities across the country.

It comes as the Ukrainian government confirmed that more than 210 Ukrainians were killed – and more than 1,100 injured – during Putin’s invasion.

Chaos at Lviv train station as thousands try to flee to PolandCredit: Avalon.red
A man hugs his twins after fleeing conflict from neighboring UkraineCredit: AP
People fleeing conflict from neighboring Ukraine arrive in Zahony, Hungary
People fleeing conflict from neighboring Ukraine arrive in Zahony, HungaryCredit: AP
A body and a damaged tank are pictured on the outskirts of Kharkiv
A body and a damaged tank are pictured on the outskirts of Kharkiv1 credit
A girl cries as she sits on a cot in a temporary shelter for Ukrainian refugees at the Ubla border crossing in eastern Slovakia
A girl cries as she sits on a cot in a temporary shelter for Ukrainian refugees at the Ubla border crossing in eastern SlovakiaCredit: AFP
Emergency unit personnel treat an injured man after the bomb attacks on the town of Chugiv in eastern Ukraine
Emergency unit personnel treat an injured man after the bomb attacks on the town of Chugiv in eastern UkraineCredit: AFP

Meanwhile, the UN said more than 368,000 people have arrived in neighboring countries from Ukraine seeking safety.

Families from across the strife-torn nation have flocked west to escape the fighting.

And yesterday’s huge exodus converged on the Lviv rail hub where we witnessed scenes of disorder amid a rush to the docks.

Fights broke out in the ticket office as seats on all services away from the war zone sold out.

But thousands of refugees continued to stream into the station asking for help as the sound of air raid sirens filled the air across the city.

Children, elderly people dragging bags crossed train tracks trying to board any train out of the war zone as fights broke out in the ticket hall.

Young mum Miliena Zaschitnikova, 21, arrived at the station yesterday with her four-year-old son Max and mum Inna after her husband Andrei joined the soldiers fighting against Russia.

But after boarding a crowded train to Lviv overnight from Zhytomyr, west of the capital Kiev, they found all international train services full.

And they stood shivering outside the station among thousands of people with nowhere to go yesterday as temperatures plummeted.

Miliena told The Sun: “We were hoping to get a train from here to the Czech Republic, but there are no tickets – and we’re stuck in this chaos.

“I bought my little boy a little train for the trip – but it’s the only train he’s going to take today and we have nowhere to stay tonight and no way to escape the war.

“Max’s dad is off to fight the Russians and I promised him we’d get our little boy to safety, but I don’t know how I’m going to do it.

“We try to smile and keep my little boy happy because he’s too young to understand what we’re going through.


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“Like thousands of other people here, we are living a Vladimir Putin nightmare. »

Tania Yokovchuck, 30, was also stuck outside the train station with no hope of escaping yesterday as she struggled to comfort her crying two-year-old son Karar.

She said: “We came here hoping to escape, but it’s become a dead end – it’s impossible to get train tickets.

“And now I don’t know what to do or where to go and I desperately need to find a place to sleep.

“No one here knows how this will end. »

Desperate grandmother Marrietta Sakova, 76, who fled fighting in the eastern town of Dnipro, told The Sun: ‘There are no train tickets, no petrol for a car – even though we had one and soon we will run out of money to buy food.

“We are desperate to get away from here, but there is simply no way out. »

‘WERE TRAPPED’

Another grandmother, Svetlana, 73, fought back tears as she held her five-year-old grandson David after learning she too was stranded with no tickets available on any route outside the area of war.

She told The Sun: “I have no idea what we’re going to do.

“I’m trying to meet my daughter and take us all to Poland, but there’s no train and like almost everyone here, we have nowhere to stay tonight. »

“All we want is to get David out of the fighting, but we’re trapped. »

Anna Yavorska, 25, fled Kyiv after being told to take her five-year-old niece Dasha to safety.

She told The Sun: “The sound of the bombs was terrifying and I realized very quickly that this was no place for a child.

“I told Dasha’s mother that I would take her to Poland away from the Russians, but having come this far, we are stuck.

“There are no trains to Europe with space and we have nowhere to stay tonight so I have no choice but to keep fighting to get a ticket as soon as possible. that it will be available.

“No one would have imagined this could happen even a week ago. How did we get here ?

MEN REMAIN TO FIGHT

Men under the age of 60 are said to be prevented from leaving by authorities and forced to say goodbye to their families.

They will be expected to stay and fight the Russians as they try to take over the main cities of the country.

A witness said: “Families are being forced to make the agonizing decision to separate. The women and children move towards the safe areas while the men stay behind to fight to protect their homes.

“People didn’t really evacuate before the invasion because no one believed Putin would go through with it.

“But now they are finding every possible means of transport to get out – even going to neighboring countries like Moldova. »

Reports say a woman was killed in a crash as thousands lined up at the Polish border to escape Putin’s clutches.

Thousands of people lined up for 24 hours without food or water in temperatures below -4°C, sparking a ‘pandemonium’.

Britain’s Jeremy Myers had been stuck in a crush on his Ukrainian girlfriend – and told how many passed out.

He told MailOnline: ‘There was very little organization and the closer you got to the front the more people were pushing and shoving.

“Every once in a while there were these big surges and people were screaming. There were a lot of young children and it was very dangerous. Creepy.

“Fights broke out as people accused others of pushing or hurting them. People had blood running down their faces. We saw two women fainting and being carried above the crowd.

He added: “There was a strong rumor that someone had been crushed to death – Polish border guards confirmed they had heard it was true. »

And yesterday a child was killed as Russian artillery fire rained down on a Ukrainian children’s hospital, local media reported.

Two other children were injured in the blast that hit the Okhmatdyt National Specialized Children’s Hospital, according to the Kyiv Independent.

Earlier today freedom fighters from around the world were invited to join the Ukrainian army today and take on Putin’s troops.

Ukraine’s foreign minister has appealed to civilians to intervene to prevent their country from suffering further damage.

He called on supporters of Ukraine to take up arms against Russian invaders, like the International Brigades that fought General Franco’s Nazi-backed fascists in Spain on the eve of World War II.

Dmytro Kuleba said: “Together we defeated Hitler, and we will also defeat Putin. »

Anyone who wants to fight the Russians can report to Ukrainian embassies, he said.

Members of the civil defense prepare Molotov cocktails in a courtyard in Kyiv, Ukraine
Members of the civil defense prepare Molotov cocktails in a courtyard in Kyiv, UkraineCredit: AP
A man examines the damage to a residential building on Mironova Street in Donetsk after a shelling
A man examines the damage to a residential building on Mironova Street in Donetsk after a shellingCredit: Getty

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