IN a bitter wind beside a bus destined for the Polish border, fleeing Elena Mokrenitsa wept uncontrollably.
Perhaps not wanting to cry in her presence, she’d left daughter Juliana, seven, in woolly kitten hat and pink parka, onboard.
Now Elena was taking a solitary moment to say goodbye to her beloved homeland where her parents remain.
As the bus’s exhaust fumes billowed in the -7C air, Elena tells me Juliana is “sick, coughing and scared”.
Like thousands of others, they had been met at transit hub Lviv in western Ukraine by Red Cross volunteers dispensing hot food, warm clothing and compassion.
As the desperate and hungry arrive from all points east, the charity helps them on to shuttle buses bound for Poland in an orderly and sensitive fashion.
The Sun newspaper brings you the latest breaking news videos and explainers from the UK and around the world
Become a Sun Subscriber and hit the bell to be the first to know
Read The Sun: www.thesun.co.uk
Like The Sun on Facebook: www.facebook.com/thesun/
Follow The Sun on Twitter: twitter.com/TheSun
Subscribe to The Sun on Snapchat: www.snapchat.com/discover/The_Sun/1633225139