On 5th March a tragedy happened in Ukraine – three volunteers, busy with delivering food for local people, were murdered by Russian soldiers in a contested town of Bucha. As shocking as it is, this incident is just one out of numerous war atrocities, committed by the Russian Army – and this list includes outright murders, marauding, shelling, and the bombing of civilian neighborhoods, as well as unconfirmed reports of sexual assault.
The situation in occupied and contested parts of Ukraine is very grave – in fact, it already reached a level of humanitarian crisis. Population in those regions experiences severe problems with basic needs such as food and medicines. Government and volunteers are doing their best to help them – but they can do only as much, especially as Russians view them as targets – as General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine said, this is part of the Putin strategy to create humanitarian disaster, which is supposed to break Ukrainian’s will for resistance.
It’s not surprising that a lot of people are rushing to leave dangerous areas, escaping to Western Ukraine or other countries. Among them was an 11-year-old boy, who crossed the border with Slovakia by himself, with just one bag, passport and phone number written on his arm. He came alone as his parents had to stay in Ukraine, and was met by Slovakian volunteers on the other side of the border. This is just one of the many refugee stories – all of them so different and at the same time so similar.
According to the latest United Nations report, more than 1.7 million people have already left Ukraine. This number doesn’t include hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of people who moved to Western Ukraine
According to the latest United Nations report, more than 1.7 million people have already left Ukraine. This number doesn’t include hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of people who moved to Western Ukraine – Andriy Sadovyi, mayor of Lviv, which is the biggest city in the region, already said that it cannot accommodate any more refugees. As the war continues, the number of refugees is certain to grow further.