Within the southern metropolis of Odesa, a girl and her younger little one, each struggling to not break down, look out the window of a departing prepare as the girl’s grandmother, a tissue pressed in opposition to her face, bids them goodbye from the platform.

Within the western metropolis of Lviv, a bearded man locations his hand as much as the skin of a prepare window, whereas a younger little one sobs from the opposite aspect moments earlier than they’re to half from one different.

A lady who has fled Ukraine sits amid throngs of different refugees after arriving at a prepare station in Poland, her head in her hand and her eyes staring resignedly into house.

A lot of the greater than 3.5 million refugees fleeing Ukraine have been ladies and youngsters as a result of males ages 18 to 60 — fighting age — are forbidden to depart the nation.

The tens of millions who’ve left Ukraine since Russia’s invasion started have made their approach on foot, by rail, bus or automotive to neighbouring international locations equivalent to Poland and Romania earlier than some journey on throughout Europe. Most, nonetheless, haven’t accomplished so.

Whereas fewer have crossed borders over the previous week, the size of the duty of offering properties to these searching for security within the European Union is turning into more and more obvious, above all in Eastern and Central Europe.

Poland, house to the most important Ukrainian diaspora within the area even earlier than the conflict, has taken in additional than 2.1 million folks and whereas some plan to go elsewhere, the inflow has left public providers struggling to manage.


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