Ukrainian women who fled their country are now returning to help the war effort


But the people awaiting the return trip across the border were no longer almost entirely male. This line was maybe half full of women queuing to go back to the war zone.

Mariia Halligan told CNN she was traveling to her hometown of kyiv to be with her family and Canadian husband to fight, in her own words, “Russian terrorists.”

“If I have to do it, I will do it for my country, for my family, for my friends,” she said, adding that there was nothing to be nervous about.

“I am not (a) man, I cannot kill. I am (a) woman and my job (is) to keep balance and to help, and to be kind, and to take care of parents , family, friends and all over Ukraine. But now I feel that all Ukrainians (are) my relatives. And I hope that the world society will help Ukrainians, all Ukrainians, because it is my family.

She was clutching a paper heart, made for her in the blue and yellow colors of the Ukrainian flag by Polish children, who hoped it would be a lucky talisman.

Each woman in the line on that cool, cloudy day had her own reasons for returning to her war-torn country. But one theme seemed to connect almost all of the women waiting to board the train. They view returning home to a war zone as a symbolic act of resistance to Russian aggressors.

Their faces looked determined and the line was calmer than the emotional rush of people fleeing to Poland.

Tatiyana Veremychenko said that Ukrainian women have the strength, the will and the heart to help their country.

Near the front was Tatiyana Veremychenko. The 40-year-old came to Poland three days before to bring her two adult daughters to safety. Now she said she was returning to eastern Ukraine, near the border with Russia.

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Veremychenko said she felt a void being away from Ukraine. Sitting in Poland seemed too peaceful and serene. She wanted to return to her husband, who might soon be asked to join the army.

“This is my homeland. And I think I can probably be more useful if I go there than if I stay here,” she said. “Ukraine is just as important for men as it is for women… We have the strength, the will and the heart. And the women have them too.”

Irina Orel said she just wanted to be with her family.  target.

Irina Odel said she brought her grandchildren to Poland but felt the need to join the rest of her family in the southern port city of Odessa.

“I’m anxious, but the feeling has become dull over time. I just want to be next to my family.”

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Towards the back of the line stood Nelya, holding a small white dog in her arms, her daughter Yulia and her granddaughter Sophia.

Nelya knows her daughter would prefer everyone to be safe and together. But with her own father refusing to leave Ukraine as his home, she feels called back to him.

“I can’t give up on him,” she said simply.

And that’s what unites the women heading to Platform Five – whether they’re going to help their family or their country, they’ve chosen not to give up.


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