2/22/23 – Are you a tourist or running from war?

From Maia Mikhaluk in Kyiv (363rd
day of ruzzian invasion): I am sharing a train compartment with a young mother traveling with 2,5 year old son.

Question from Polish customs officer: are you a tourist or running from war? Just think about it! This question is being asked on a train going between two countries in the center of Europe!

This is almost a year since ruzzia invaded Ukraine. I don’t think all compartments of train car are full. I can only imagine what these trains looked and felt like in the first weeks of the war when several millions of Ukrainian mothers and children were fleeing the cities that were mercilessly bombed by ruzzian invaders. There were no tickets. Trains took as many people as they could fit. People filled up all spaces, even standing in corridors for hours. In overcrowded cars there was no air to breathe. Light was turned off during the journey, phones’ gps were shut down. People feared the trains might become targets if bombing.

4 responses to “2/22/23 – Are you a tourist or running from war?”

  1. “War must be, while we defend our lives against a destroyer who would devour all: but I do not love the bright sword for its sharpness, nor the arrow for its swiftess, nor the warrior for his glory. I love only that which they defend.”
    Prof. J.R.R. Tolkien, veteran of WW I & WW II, “The Two Towers”


  2. Counselors, encourage soldiers and civilians to remember David, a soldier and fugitive whose Psalms often cried to God for help, ending in renewed assurance that his King would hear and deliver him.


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