N1 in Poland with Ukrainian refugees: Devastated, they can't wait to return home

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Source: F.Z./N1

Korczowa. A village on the eastern border of Poland serving as a border crossing. One of the most frequent crossings in the last eight days, since the Russian aggression on Ukraine began. N1 team is currently located in this area.

Thursday night alone, some 25,000 refugees came to Poland, Thursday saw a total of 100,000 refugees and since the beginning of the aggression on Ukraine, 700,000 refugees have come to the neighbouring country.

Korczowa is only a temporary reception centre for Ukrainian refugees, but also foreigners fleeing the war in Ukraine. Buses carrying Ukrainians further into the European Union are coming one after another. Warsaw, Poznan, Berlin, Frankfurt, can be heard from the loudspeakers. They are travelling to relatives all over Europe. With tears in their eyes, they say that they did not want to leave their country, but that they had to in order to protect the youngest and most vulnerable.

“I live in Lviv, I’m taking the children, grandchildren and my grandparents because we were attacked by Russia. Our cities are being shelled, our children are dying, my daughter and son-in-law, the parents of these children, have gone to defend their homeland,” Svetlana a refugee from Ukraine tells N1.

She will go with her grandchildren to the far south of Europe – Portugal.

“I am very scared for the future of my children and our future. We left everything, not knowing when we would return. We really want to return to our homeland. War – it's terrible, they shell, people die there, people are in basements, sirens are non-stop, children don't sleep, they are nervous. This is a terrible horror. Putin be damned,” says Svetlana.

An elderly woman with a small child is standing in the parking lot next to the reception centre. She says she loves his Ukraine and wants to go home. She comes from the village of Voronkiv in the Kyiv region.

“Big battles rage there now, we came from there, we went through Zhytomyr, it was terrible, we sat in the basement, for days planes flew, we heard explosions, we sat under the house, many tanks passed, machine guns passed, children sat in basements, they were very scared and still cry when the door slams,” she says, adding:

“We came here yesterday and we’re thinking about where to go next. We have relatives, so maybe someone will receive us, so we will wait with them. But we love our country and we want to go home.”

Unfortunately, they will have to wait before returning home. Now, the safety of children and those who are most vulnerable is the most important thing. Meanwhile, buses full of refugees, women and children continue to arrive in Przemysl and Korczow, separated from their loved ones and the peace in which they lived.

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