Stories of people fleeing the war

19 may 2022
Stories of people who moved to Lviv fleeing active hostilities in their region.
Our guests - refugees who come to the office at 27 Fedorov Street, not only come to receive humanitarian aid, they carry with them a universe of memories, feelings and experiences that we are interested in discovering by communicating with them. These people came from different regions, mainly from the East of Ukraine, as well as from the southern regions and Kyiv region. Their stories touch the living and give an understanding of what war is for ordinary Ukrainians. We publish some excerpts from interviews with them.

Alexey, Mariupol. May 2

Lyosha is a 16-year-old boy who came to us with his second Fedor, who is 19, he is also an immigrant, coming from Kyiv, but he comes from the Dnieper. Fedor in Lviv without parents, lives in a monastery, Lyosha came with his father, lives with friends.

We asked Lyosha how he and his father managed to leave Mariupol and what they had to go through during the evacuation.

Oleksiy's mother and stepfather stayed in Mariupol, the last time they saw her (March 1), she cried: "If you go, wash me."
- No connection to her now?
- Yes, no, of course, her area is under heavy fire.
- How did you leave?
(In order to preserve the authenticity of the statement, the story is given in Russian)
- Our area started firing, well we think, or we will die here, or we will be shot in the car. We went and the soldiers said: there is a green corridor and I sms like roses at that moment came that green corridor.

"We started driving in Mariupol, normally, then we stayed at home for 7 days, fired heavily, then I leave and understand that everything, the garden is over. Everything is overwhelmed, roads are overwhelmed, we could not pass."

"My great-grandmother left, sat in the basement for 20 days and left. She goes out, sees the bus, the last place is left and was chosen: disabled or grandmother, carry the disabled, and then the guy says:" Where do you carry it, it's still not to save. "Instead of the invalid took the grandmother".

Alexey shared cases of looting in Mariupol:

- We passed by "Humana", there were gypsies, they put things on themselves, said: "Am I okay?", There are shells flying around, and they are "Am I okay?". Microwaves were taken out, iPhones. Why do they have that microwave, there is no electricity all over Mariupol ...
68th days of full-scale Russian invasion.

Oksana, Sumy Region-Kharkiv, May 4

Oksana comes from Sumy region, now her parents live there. Oksana and her brother came to Kharkiv to study. When the war broke out, the whole family was scattered in different cities, so in the beginning, Oksana shared, it was the most anxious and scary of all family members.

His father worked in Bucha before the war, his husband in Irpen, but they managed to move to Kyiv. My mother was first alone in the Sumy region at the border, Oksana with her brother in Kharkiv.


"My mother calls at 7 am and says: 'What's going on, our tanks are on the road…'. They say, "Mom, the war has begun." She said that the ground shook, 15-20 units of columns of tanks passed through the streets. "
"Initially, the Sumy region was taken in the ring, mainly Okhtyrka was bombed. "The neighboring village of Boyaro-Lezhachi was heavily shelled, cows, animals and houses were robbed, and I know that some of my acquaintances are gone," Oksana concludes.
"The occupiers came to everyone, they said feed us, we will not touch you. At first, they did not touch people, people fed them to save lives. "
"Border guards were bombed completely and not only in our country, in the Sumy region they are no longer important. Most likely, the guys who were there also died… »


Oksana and her brother lived and studied in Kharkiv, rented an apartment in Saltivka. Oksana says: "Everyone was evacuated from the Northern Saltivka. Barabashov (market) was bombed, the shopping center Ukraine, where I lived, was bombed, Nova Poshta, where humanitarian aid was distributed, was bombed. "

"The first night we spent the night in the subway, where we met the company, they invited us to live in a three-room apartment, they are safer, more space, in the hallway you can hide behind a few walls. We lived there for a month. Schools, stalls and shops were shelled nearby. "

"It was very scary when we were evacuated. We waited at the station, there was a huge queue, we could only leave for the next achievement. Our train was to arrive at about four in the morning. And here, the third hour of the night - a strong explosion. All the people were scared, ran to the subway, closed the subway, as if we hid there among ourselves. Then it calmed down a bit, we go out… and again like bombs, we see a red glow, the windows are falling… And they aimed not in the room, but next to the fountain, on the station square.

Then the young people were waiting for 24 years of traveling by train to Lviv standing. But this is nothing compared to the remnant. All that matters now is that they are alive or unharmed and can go to safety together. As well as the fact that their families were extremely lucky to be alone in various dangerous places in Ukraine at the beginning of the full-scale invasion, they remained alive and reunited (albeit only partially).

70th days of full-scale Russian invasion