For many refugees in occupied zones, the only means of escape is evacuation to Russian territory, whether they evacuate willingly or by forceful relocation. It is estimated over a million Ukrainians were loaded on buses, detained in filtration camps, and relocated to Russia, presumably to resettle them there. Some were sent as far as 6,000 miles away to the far east regions of Russia. Those allowed to leave find themselves trapped deep within Russian borders with no means of escape.
Volunteer crews in Russia have stepped up to evacuate many of these refugees to safety across the border to Latvia and Estonia, despite the personal risk of arrest. The German nonprofit organization Rubikus, with funding by Nova Ukraine, coordinates housing and transportation from the Russian border to final destinations in Europe. The volunteers work with each family to develop individualized travel plans. This work is possible thanks to Airbnb.org as well as donors like you.
On March 30 I evacuated from Mariupol to Russia. I was born back in the Soviet Union in the city of Zhdanov, which was later renamed Mariupol. In 1986, my…
Refugees from the besieged city of Mariupol have survived unspeakable horrors, including over a month of non stop shelling, and then life under the Russian occupation in the city. One…
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