Long story short: I just walked to Poland.

It was a hellish 20-hour journey undertaken in the middle of winter with thousands of refugees. I saw some terrible things:
Vehicles were backed up for 25 kilometers, many out of gas. Several were abandoned as their occupants fled west on foot as fast as possible. ImageImageImage
UA soldiers were stopping cars and busses and yanking out any man aged 18-60 to conscript in the Ukrainian Army. In one place, a commissar was shouting “say goodbye to your daughters, mothers, and girlfriends; you must turn back and fight the Russian invader!” ImageImage
We made friends with a 24-year-old named Max who was pulled out of the caravan as he talked with us. I had time to get his number before his conscription and he left with a grin of utter disbelief. I will never forget that face.
A woman screamed for the army to spare her husband from conscription. A soldier slapped her and took her husband.

Things seem really desperate.
There were old women carrying rucksacks hobbling along the shoulder. I asked one where she was going and she said “Poland!” She was going to walk the 80km on her own.
Toddlers took the journey hard. Many were forced to walk the distance despite not knowing what was going on.
“Forget your wife, forget your daughter, fight for Ukraine.”
UA soldier ordering bus driver to turn over all men aged 18-60 for conscription.
This was the longest and worst night of my life. I’m just speechless.

Anyway I’m currently in Poland, where a welcome committee greeted us with tea. It was amazing tea. Image
Last thing: this was my view as I crossed into Poland at 7:01 AM local time this morning. I feel that it was a welcome gift from nature. I’m so inconsolably happy to be in the EU. Image
Interview excerpt with Max. He had to leave the line because of conscription orders during the interview.
Big update on this story: I got back in touch with Max. He messaged me on Instagram today telling me that he’s safe and in Lviv. He is not in the east or fighting the Russians.

He’s a bright and courageous young man and I wish him the best. Image

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I made contact this morning with a Ukrainian doctor named “Alina” (protected name) working in Dnipro, a city currently under bombing that has seen Russian troop activity.

She says there are hundreds of decomposing soldiers in her morgue with no path home.
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I’ve been getting a lot of messages from Ukrainians who have not yet gotten out asking about the safest way to leave, and if they can’t leave the safest place to stay. Here are some tips:
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International Rescue Committee:


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Outside the consulate I met Diego, a Chilean expat who has lived in Kyiv for several months. He was on vacation when the invasion began, so without returning home he took only one backpack and fled to Poland. Everything he owns, and his friends and girlfriend, are back in Kyiv. Image
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