Hundreds of Thousands of Ukrainian Refugees Return home for a while

Hundreds of Thousands of Ukrainian Refugees Return home for a while

NAVADENEWS.COM - Finally Hundreds of Thousands of Ukrainian Refugees Return home even if it was for a while; make them no longer afraid. 

When the train from Kiev finished at Przemysl, just across the border into Poland at 10pm, a scattering line of Ukrainians formed outside the station. They didn't stand here in the drizzle to receive family members who had fled, but to return to their land of war in the same chariot. Older companions, mothers with young children and many women alone. Some with just backpacks, others pack and pack more things than they've left at home and fireplaces in recent weeks. All without a guarantee that it is really comfortable to spin.

Jana (31) can't wait to return to Kiev, the beloved city she reluctantly left at the end of February, she said once on the train. "I miss Kiev every time. My best friend. area. And above all, life that goes 24/7. Europe, or at least Poland, is very different," he said. "Anyway, I'm not worried anymore."

Nearly 5 million out of 40 million Ukrainians have fled their country since February 24, according to the United Nations. But since the Russian military withdrew near Kiev and said they were targeting the east of the country, hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians have also returned to central and western Ukraine. Later Friday, for Polish border police, more people(25,100) crossed the border from Poland into Ukraine than the other way around(24,400). Sleeper trains between Warsaw and Kiev will sell out for the next 10 nights, with only a few sofas left for the 12-hour journey from Przemysl.

Throughout the early days of the Russian invasion, Jana was terrified, as she kept hearing the rockets hitting Kiev, but couldn't see where they were ending. "My parents, who both live abroad, asked me to leave." As a compromise, he moved to his female relative, who lived a few hundred km southwest of the capital. He also insisted on leaving the country. Through Moldova, Romania, Hungary and Slovakia, they ended up in the Polish city of Krakow.

Jana is fine there. His work as an information analyst for an international industry continues remotely. He, his sister and niece sleep neither in the reception center nor in anyone's attic, but rent their own apartment in the most beautiful city in Poland. But after weeks of hesitation, Jana decided to return. “I want to face what Kiev is like now and then make a better decision. Every Ukrainian has a life before and after this invasion. Only when I return home will I be able to determine whether my next life will also be in Kiev, or whether I will have to start all over again somewhere else.”

Starting something new elsewhere is not easy for many refugees, says Alexandra Makarenko (38). He is Ukrainian and had to flee in a hurry from the eastern city of Kharkov in late February during a family visit, but has lived in Torun, Poland most of the time. She helps refugee families as a volunteer – as long as they return. Women with children face difficulties in Poland, she notes, especially if they don't speak a language other than Ukrainian. “It's hard to find jobs and homes. Children miss their friends and the places they know. And of course the family separated from her husband and father wants to come back soon." Men under the age of 60 were not allowed to leave Ukraine if needed in combat.

“We Ukrainians are ordinary people,” says migrant worker Makarenko from experience. “When we are at home, we always say that we prefer to live in another country. But once we really do it, we miss the garden village."

Happiness lies at home

But Polish statistics on hundreds of thousands of returnees are biased. Not everyone on this train plans to stay in Ukraine. Some return some days to see their loved ones. Others are willing to pick up more objects than they can carry on their flight. Some want to cancel their rents and close the door behind them.

Yuri Favorsky, 61, was again on an expedition to Kiev to collect some medical documents and then boarded the next train back to Germany, where he and his wife live with their in-laws. He wished to see his aged sons, who had always stayed behind to fight. But he reckons that this will be his last visit to his own country for now.” I did all the paperwork in Germany to stay there for a while. I have started an integration course,” he said. He thought he was lucky that, at 61, he had just reached the refugee age for Ukrainian men. Although it also makes it difficult to find a job as an engineer. It's jobless in Germany rather than fear in Kiev." I can't live in peace in this country with bombs going off here and there," he said.

After a period of calm, the rush of air has resumed near Kiev in recent days. The outskirts of the city on the north bank were completely lost after the Russians wreaked havoc there. Mayor Vitali Klychko advised his townspeople not to return.

It didn't bother Jana. Kiev was "very quiet", but he was "so happy" to be back home, he texted one day after his trip. Although he is also always in disbelief about what is about to arrive, he said on the train. He himself is half Russian and knows better than anyone how Putin's propaganda works.

Alibi Jana's refusal to use her last name in news messages is the reason she shares it with her Russian father. He talks to him every day, but can't convince him that what's on TV is a lie. "I can't talk to him about war anymore. He really believes that I'm being bullied by the Nazis and it's up to Russia to save me."

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