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JOURNEY TO LVIV

Refugees returning to Ukraine face a long and uncertain journey home.
MAY 4, 2022

As the war in Ukraine begins to solidify into a steady besiegement near borders; cities such as Kyiv and Lviv seem safe in comparison - allowing residents a moment to breathe, return to assess the damage, and organize their lives. I follow a group of refugees through their nearly 12-hour train journey from Krakow to Lviv, normally a 4-hour drive. However, due to Russian shelling of the tracks, the train is forced to stop periodically, turn off its lights, and hope for the best. Despite the fear, Ukrainians remain strong and continue to be positive amidst uncertain times. 

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People navigate the train station with everything they own as they attempt to return home to Ukraine.

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Women wait, discussing the exploitation of internally displaced people, as homeowners begin raising the price of rent in western Ukraine during war times. 

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Volunteers hand out warm blankets to women waiting in line for hours, for the train from Przemyśl, Poland to Lviv, Ukraine.

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World Central Kitchen working like a well-oiled machine at the border. Providing food, water, and warmth to anyone in need.

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A girl curls up in her blanket to stay warm as temperatures drop to 7 degrees celsius.

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Everyone waiting begins to line up for border security checks. Although the line is long, we are assured that everyone will board the train, regardless of having a ticket or not

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Right: Peter, a polish combat surgeon, is going to Kramatorsk Ukraine to serve on the front lines for his second deployment. More in-depth articles to come.

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Peter shares photos and stories of his time near the front

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Women try their best to sleep as the sun begins to rise upon the fields of western Ukraine

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Final arrival in Lviv after a nearly 12 hours journey