Fifteen-year-old Bohdan Shkoda said he had to leave his parents behind in Ukraine to flee Russia’s invasion, after he crossed into Poland near the village of Budomierz on Monday (March 21).
Shkoda said his parents had to stay behind in Kyiv as his father is unwell and his mother had to care for him. He made it to Poland with the help of a third party organisation.
He said he hoped his stay in Poland would only last a few months before it was safe enough to his parents, who he has been calling every day since he left them.
Shkoda is one of 2 million refugees from Ukraine who have fled to just Poland since Russia started its invasion on Feb. 24.
The U.N. refugee agency says some 10 million Ukrainians – in a total population of around 45 million – have been displaced by the war, including 3.4 million – mostly women and children – who have fled abroad, mostly to EU member states.
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