Hundreds fleeing Ukraine arrived on a packed train at the station in Poland’s Przemysl on Monday. Helpers handed out food and drinks to the new arrivals, who queued to pass through the station’s border control and customs.
Lilia Repa says she got a quick train connection, but she had heard of people taking three days to make the trip from Kyiv to Lviv, a city about 500 kilometres west from Ukraine’s capital.
She adds members of her family had to stay behind. Ukraine is preventing male Ukrainians between the age of 18 to 60 from leaving the country.
Ukrainian Sergey Suhak was waiting for his aunt and two sisters to arrive. They had got on a train in Lviv the previous evening and still hadn’t arrived. Lviv and Przemysl are only 100km apart.
“They were supposed to come here in two hours,” Suhak says. “I think their mobile phone batteries are gone so we cannot call them.”
Hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians have fled westwards to countries such as Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, and Romania from Russia’s invasion.
The European Union is preparing to grant Ukrainians who flee the war the right to live and work for up to three years, senior EU and French officials have said.
Currently talks between Russia and Ukraine are underway at the Belarus border: