BRITISH families with infants were stranded in Ukraine as Russia sought to invade Ukraine.
Ben Garratt, 40, and his wife, Alice, from north London, gave birth to baby Rapael using IVF after moving to Kiev in December.
But they have now been summoned to an interview at the embassy to apply for the beetle’s emergency pass on Wednesday – the day Putin’s forces are expected to invade.
Ben said: “They wanted to do a two-hour phone interview with me, but that’s not until Wednesday – that’s weird.”
Brit Ken Stewart, 54, and his Ukrainian wife, Tania, 36, were stranded at their home north of Kiev last night because they didn’t have passports for their newborn baby Douglas.
Douglas was born on Monday weighing 9lbs, according to the Caesarian precinct, and Tania was still recovering in hospital when embassies ordered citizens to flee.
The couple also has a three-year-old daughter Yaryna.
Edinburgh-born Ken said: “We’re in a difficult situation because we don’t have Douglas’ birth certificate yet.
“So I’m waiting until they get home and then I think we can just leave and go west, where Tania has relatives just to be safe.”
Another British couple was also stuck while waiting for a passport for their child last night.
Thousands of Britons packed up to flee Ukraine last night after being told to evacuate – but some have vowed to return to help the resistance when their children are rescued. safe.
Some 6,000 Britons are living and working in a state of conflict under threat from more than 200,000 troops loyal to ruthless Russian bully Vladimir Putin.
But many people kept the fire alive before deciding to evacuate last night, despite being told by the British Embassy to leave immediately amid fears of an invasion and aerial flashovers.
And some have offered to go back when their children are safe abroad to stand with their Ukrainian friends against Russian aggression.
‘PROTECT MY FAMILY’
Edinburgh-born healthcare company boss Stuart McKenzie, 51, organized a flag procession with 200 expats through Kiev with the support of locals last week.
The father of three is currently planning to fly or drive his family safely to Europe in the next 48 hours – but will be back to assist Ukraine.
Stuart – who is married to Ukrainian Lena, 49 and has children Victoria, 20, Robert, 14 and Stuart, 12 and has lived in Kiev for 28 years – said: “My priority is protection. My family.
“But I also plan to get my children to safety and then come back to help the Ukrainians in any way I can.
“It could mean organizing or working with them but it could also mean picking up a gun – I’m about to do it because it’s the Russians who are the aggressors.”
Stuart – who has trained in weapons on a range of Kiev guns – said he expected chaos if tensions closed the airspace.
He added: “There will be no flights, the roads will be congested, can you get fuel for your car? Is there cash in the bank machine?
“These things can get out of control very quickly, so we have to be on the right side of the chaos.”
Sean Kelly – a 53-year-old father of two from Oxford who has lived in Kiev for 26 years – told The Sun: “I am disgusted with what Putin is doing to our friends in Ukraine and will do everything according to the law. My idea. strength to support them.
He said: “He has drawn himself into such a corner that everyone here is expecting an attack at any moment.
“And if that happens, I’m ready to take up arms and fight for Ukraine – I’ll do whatever I can to help them.”
‘Family FIRST’ REVIEW
Logistics company boss Sean, who lives in Kiev with wife Natalia of Ukraine and children Oliver, two, and Elizabeth, seven, added: “First, I will evacuate my family by taking them to Odessa in the south then put them on the ferry. across the Black Sea to Turkey.
“A lot of other Britons would take the shorter road west to Poland but there would be chaos on that border if bombs started falling and outbound flights were stopped.”
Business magazine publisher Peter Dickinson, 45, his wife Susanna, 39, and children Nina, 11, and 14-year-old Elizabeth were also ready to flee Kiev last night.
Buckinghamshire-born Peter – who settled in the city after working for the British Council 20 years ago – said: “Very few Britons I’ve spoken to are going anywhere.
“The embassy won’t ask us out unless they see convincing evidence that something very bad is about to happen – that’s what we’re concerned about.
“We could take the kids home to stay with my parents in the UK or just take a two-week break somewhere to see what happens but it won’t be time for the airport.
“If bombs start falling on Kiev, I’ll probably regret my decision but that’s a risk Putin is taking on all of us.”
OUR ‘MASSIVE’ RESPONSE
Former British ambassador to the US Lord Kim Darroch warned the evacuation of UK citizens could quickly descend into chaos.
He said: ‘It would overwhelm the embassy’s resources.
“You may have to arrange an emergency phone line, you will need to send someone to the airport, where there are a lot of foreign nationals trying to get out, there will be chaos.”
It comes like America swore a “resolute and massive” response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine following reports it could happen on Wednesday.
The warning from US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken came during a phone call with his Russian counterpart, amid fears of an impending invasion.
New intelligence now shows that Russia will invade Ukraine this Wednesday, February 16, according to German newspaper Der Spiegel.
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