'Anxiety, Concern:' Ukrainians In Poland On Russia Threat
Hrystyna Zanyk, one of an estimated 1.5 million Ukrainians living in neighbouring Poland, said the fear that Russia will invade her homeland has left the community rattled
Warsaw, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 29th Jan, 2022 ) :Hrystyna Zanyk, one of an estimated 1.5 million Ukrainians living in neighbouring Poland, said the fear that Russia will invade her homeland has left the community rattled.
"There's anxiety, concern," said Zanyk, who has been living in neighbouring Poland for nine years.
"We fear for our loved ones who stayed behind in Ukraine," she told AFP.
The news from back home is far from reassuring: Russia has deployed over 100,000 troops and heavy armour along Ukraine's borders, according to the West, which fears that the Kremlin will stage an incursion.
"I'm never going back to Ukraine... It's unlivable over there," the 26-year-old added.
Dovzhenko heads up a mutual aid foundation for Ukrainian veterans who have settled in EU member states.
"Seventy percent of us are ready to return to Ukraine the moment we're needed," he told AFP.
"This war, it's been going on for eight years. Nothing has changed," he said.
"Things are actually a little better now because we're getting help from other countries," he added in reference to international efforts to defuse the security situation.
He recalls that the conflict has already claimed the lives of 13,000 people "not to mention the wounded, the expelled." Far from home, migrants are often at the mercy of social media, which abounds in fake news and questionably sourced information sowing confusion.
Anxious about what is happening back home, she no longer wants to watch the news. But the rumours continue to circulate.
"What will we do in this war? Cook for the troops? Swap our vacuum cleaners for Kalashnikovs?" she asked.