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Poltava is a safe city for now, but many are choosing to move on

Poltava is a safe city for now, but three trains were laid on to carry those who wanted to go further west. Almost 600 Indian students took up that offer last night and Ukrainian women and children followed on later trains.

Anna, a Ukrainian, who’d had to leave her parents at home in Sumy and escape with her two-year-old son and Tunisian husband, broke down in tears as we talked. Her mother is a pharmacist, her dad has to stay in Sumy and fight. She has no idea when she’ll see them again.

Local officials here told us some 7,000 people made it to safety in Poltava last night, in a mixture of private cars and evacuation buses. More plan to make the trip today as another ceasefire has been agreed.

Many of those arriving in Poltava boarded trains to Lviv, on the Polish borderImage caption: Many of those arriving in Poltava boarded trains to Lviv, on the Polish border

Source: BBC

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