Ukrainian woman in Ireland calls Polish border scenes a ‘horror movie’


An Ireland-based Ukrainian woman who recently picked up her elderly grandfather from Poland described the scenes at the Polish border as something out of a “horror movie”.

Daryna Kushnir, who moved to Monaghan with her family after moving to Ireland aged seven, traveled to the Polish border last Sunday to pick up her grandfather, who had fled Truskavets near Lviv .

She told DublinLive there was a “strange atmosphere” at the border, with hundreds of women and babies crying.

“There are tents and volunteers looking stressed, people getting lost and people sharing Portaloos,” Kushnir told DublinLive.

“The tents are hot but it’s awful, I can’t believe people are watching, it doesn’t make sense to look at them. It was so strange, it was like a horror movie”

She added that her grandfather’s health was deteriorating and said he faced a “difficult journey” to the border.

She said her grandfather stayed there for several hours before she arrived to retrieve it, experiencing temperatures of -4C.

Kushnir said his grandfather flew through Dublin Airport very quickly once he arrived in Ireland and received his visa within five minutes. He now resides at the family home in Carrickmacross, County Monaghan.

She told DublinLive that her grandmother and two aunts are still in Truskavets, while an uncle and another aunt are fighting in the Ukrainian army.

“We don’t know much about what’s going on with them, we can’t really talk. I hope they stay safe. Their son is only 10 but I hope he goes good.”

Alex Pishcheiko, a 24-year-old Ukrainian living in Ireland, told The Irish Times she felt “helpless” as her parents slept each night in a bomb shelter in Kyiv.

“My parents are in Kiev and they don’t want to leave, I can’t convince them. The war is very close. They sleep in the air-raid shelter at night and then go to their apartment during the day,” said she told the reporter. Irish Times.

Pischeiko, whose twin brother also currently lives in Odessa, southern Ukraine, said she plans to travel to the Polish border or to western Ukraine.

“I’m thinking of going to Poland to people on the border, or to western Ukraine. I know my people need people…I can’t sit here.”

She said she wants to help thousands of Ukrainian refugees flee the country, even though it would be impossible for her 59-year-old father and twin brother due to a ban on men aged 18 to 60 leaving the country.

Pischeiko said she was proud of the men in her life for fighting for their country, but added that she hoped they would be safe.

To help those fleeing and suffering in Ukraine, contact the Red Cross.


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