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Lviv: A staging post for those fleeing Ukraine

Ola plays the piano in Lviv

The Lviv train station has become a staging post for those trying to flee Ukraine, and those trying to get in.

In the middle of the crowds, Ola plays the piano for the thousands of refugees still arriving here before trying to get on trains that will take them to Poland.

The piano was brought to the station this morning and musicians are playing a variety of patriotic and popular songs.

Elsewhere food and medical tents have been set up to cater for those fleeing the Russian invasion.

Many of those arriving today came from the embattled city of Kharkiv.

One man, who gave his name as Pavel, arrived with his wife and several children and grandchildren.

“Everything is burning,” he said.

Kyiv: ‘I tell my children it’s OK to be afraid’

Ukrainian servicemen stand guard in downtown Kyiv

A Ukrainian mother, sheltering in Kyiv with her three children – aged five and seven, and a four-month-old – says it is impossible to hide the horror of the situation from them.

She tells BBC Radio 5 Live: “My city is surrounded with Russian troops and tanks, to leave or to stay is equally dangerous, there is no place in Ukraine you can be absolutely safe right now.

“I decided it’s better to stay with my children here, this is my home.

“I just feel that I need to be here, my home, because who is going to protect it if I’m not here? I have to now show my children how to protect my personal boundaries and what belongs to me.

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“I am trying to be strong and I’m not hiding that I’m afraid. I tell them it’s OK to be afraid, I’m afraid too.

“We’re in a situation where it’s impossible to hide anything from the children.”

Map of Kyiv

She says when they could hear explosions in Kyiv, she and her husband realised “it had started and we cannot hide it”.

“We told them Russia has attacked and we are at war and you need to know how to be as safe as possible,” she explains.

And the mother of three says she has taught her children how to recognise if a missile is close or far away by the sound.

“This is our reality, we have to face it,” she says.

“On the second day of the war, my husband joined the local defence unit – he is civilian but he had no choice – it’s just surreal.

“Everything here was normal, there was nothing in the air, it was a peaceful time. All of a sudden we were attacked for nothing.”

She adds: “Putin is a human being, he’s just a man, what makes him give an order to kill thousands of people?”

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