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Heartbreaking scene on Ukraine border sees thousands of children separated from their fathers

A railway hub in UKRAINIAN was besieged by desperate families fleeing to Poland yesterday – as brave fighters piled up on trains heading in the other direction to join the fight against Russia.

Refugees from all over the conflict-torn country have flooded west to the city of Lviv to escape. Vladimir PutinRussian Invasion.

This heartbreaking photo shows a boy crying at the train station

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This heartbreaking photo shows a boy crying at the train stationCredit: AP
A volunteer looks after a child as thousands of women and children cross the border after Russian attacks, at the Siret border crossing in Siret, Romania

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A volunteer looks after a child as thousands of women and children cross the border after Russian attacks, at the Siret border crossing in Siret, RomaniaCredit: Getty
Refugees from all over the conflict-torn country have flooded west to the city of Lviv

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Refugees from all over the conflict-torn country have flooded west to the city of LvivCredit: Avalon.red
People wait at the border as they try to get out of Ukraine

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People wait at the border as they try to get out of UkraineCredit: Dan Charity

The Great Migration overwhelmed the terminus of a train 43 miles from the Polish border, causing a stampede on the tracks toward the platforms.

But across the border in the Polish city of Przemysl, in a place of horror, hundreds of Ukrainian men dressed in determined combat gear boarded ships headed for the war zone.

Many guided loved ones to safety before hopping on the first train back to the front lines.

One of them, 42-year-old Sergei Motorov, said: “I left my daughter with her parents to protect her from what was happening, but now I am going back to Ukraine to join the resistance.

“I can’t wait and let this happen to my country.”

Until last week, volunteer freedom fighter Alexei Anishyn, 29, was a police officer in the Ukrainian city of Kryvyi Rih.

As he boarded the train to Lviv, he warned Russian President Putin: “I will defend my country until my last breath. I’m dying to save it.

“We all do. I have military experience and will fight to the death. Putin must die.”

Hundreds of men, many in military uniforms and armor, lined up on the platform in Przemysl for inspiring replies Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyyis the call to arms.

Ukraine has banned all men between the ages of 18 and 60 from fleeing war zones – to make them combat ready.

Ukrainian law student Oleh, 21, was traveling from his home in the Czech Republic.

“This was an easy decision for me,” he said. I want to save my house and my people.

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“We are focused on what we have to do and we will stay until the last drop of blood.”

Aleksander Malovanyi, 46, from Kyiv, was injured by a Russian missile attack on Ukraine in Luhansk in 2014 but is now ready to take up arms again.

“Ukraine is my home, that’s where my family lives,” he said. I worry for them, not me.

“I will return to defend my homeland in the hour of need. If we don’t, Putin will ignore this and it will never happen.”

Hundreds of women and children fleeing Ukraine have arrived in Poland in packed trains with no water or food after a grueling 17 hours at the border.

They wait on a platform at the station to be processed – when their people board the same train going in the opposite direction.

The cries of the fighters contrasted with the chaos across the border in Lviv as young children and elderly relatives tried to cross the train tracks to try to board the train.

Skirmishes broke out in the box office as all seats on services away from the war zone were sold out. But thousands of refugees continued to flock to the station begging for help as air raid sirens filled the city.

Fathers were seen taking their children on trains to safety and kissing them goodbye – before rushing out to face overwhelming fire from Putin’s invaders.

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Tears flowed as the crying young people pressed their faces against the steamy glass doors of the train as the carriages were pulled out.

A father, Ruslan Gladkiy, 35, was seen bringing his 9-year-old son Hordeiy onto the train and held back tears as he told him to “take care of your mother” before the train left.

Ruslan is married to Galina, 37 years old. They also have a four-year-old daughter, Emilia. “It was a very difficult moment,” he said. I don’t want to say goodbye to my family.

“I stay and will defend my country and hopefully it won’t be long before I see them again. I will miss them.”

More heartbreaking scenes of the growing refugee turmoil emerged in neighboring Hungary, where a bewildered boy was crying after arriving in Zahony.

Back in Lviv, mother Miliena Zaschitnikova, 21, came with her son Max, 4, and mother Inna yesterday after her husband Andrei joined the war against Russia.

But they found that all international train services were sold out and were left outside the station among thousands of people with nowhere to go yesterday as the temperature dropped.

“We are stuck in this chaos,” said Miliena. I bought my young son a toy train for the journey but it is the only train he will get today. We have nowhere to stay tonight and no way to escape the war.

“We are trying to smile and keep my boy happy because he is too young to understand what we are going through. We are all living through the nightmare caused by Vladimir Putin.”

Tania Yokovchuck, 30, was also trapped outside the station, trying to comfort her crying two-year-old son Karar.

She said: “We came here hoping to escape but it became a dead end – couldn’t get a train ticket.

“And now I don’t know what to do or where to go and desperately find somewhere to sleep. No one here knows how this is going to end.”

Ruba Hussein, 19, an Iraqi, told The Sun she unexpectedly became a refugee twice in 12 months after fleeing her war-torn homeland for Kyiv.

Student Ruba said: “A month ago, I would never have believed that I could become a refugee again.

“But now we are all running our lives again thanks to Vladimir Putin. I ran from a horrible place where innocent people died in conflict all the time.

“And now the same thing is happening in a peaceful European country where we have become our homeland.

“I knew we had to get out when we heard explosions as the Russians entered Kyiv and now we are stuck here sleeping on the cold factory floor tonight. No way out “.

At the Polish border crossing point in Medyka, several refugees recounted how they walked 20 miles to the Polish reserve.

Weighed down by bags and suitcases dragged behind, a steady stream of women and children overwhelmed the border post.

Aid agencies have warned that up to 5 million people are preparing to flee as Putin ramps up his senseless assault, sparking the biggest refugee crisis since World War Two.

Mother-of-four Ivano Frankivsk, whose children are all under the age of 13, said: “All I can think about are the kids.

“What we left behind doesn’t matter. We don’t know what the future holds.”

Ruslan's father says goodbye to his son Georgi at Lviv station

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Ruslan’s father says goodbye to his son Georgi at Lviv stationCredit: Doug Seeburg
Georgi said goodbye to dad from the train

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Georgi said goodbye to dad from the trainCredit: Doug Seeburg
Russian President Putin cruelly ordered the invasion of Ukraine

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Russian President Putin cruelly ordered the invasion of UkraineCredit: Getty

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