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Russia-Ukraine war: Moldova greets refugee influx with compassion and wariness

Moldova has received the most Ukrainians per capita in Europe, but international aid is stalling and social tensions are rising

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By Andrei Popoviciu in Palanca and Chisinau, Moldova

Natalia’s tears froze on her cheek as she was waiting for a bus to take her from Moldova’s border village of Palanca to the capital in Chisinau.

Sitting just 40km from Odessa, the 67-year-old Ukrainian refugee’s next stop is Moldexpo. Previously an international exhibition centre, it had been turned into a Covid testing facility, and is now being used as the main refugee reception and triage point in Moldova.

‘It was terrible, they were bombing civilians and infrastructure with banned munitions. I saw how a bus with pregnant women was getting shot at’

– Natalia, Ukrainian refugee

Natalia escaped with her daughter Tatiana from Mykolaiv, a city in southern Ukraine that has been under Russian attack for more than a week now.

“It was terrible, they were bombing civilians and infrastructure with banned munitions,” Natalia told Middle East Eye. “I saw how a bus with pregnant women was getting shot at.”

more :  www.middleeasteye.net

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