War in Ukraine

Jeff Farrell: In Poland, Ukrainians are torn by the dilemma of returning home or remaining in exile

Weary of being displaced from their homeland for four months, many Ukrainian refugees are leaving Poland even as they are thankful for their neighbour’s hospitality in a time of war

Passengers in Krakow wait to board a bus to Kyiv, which has a digital inscription on the side saying ‘Putin Huylo’ (which translates roughly as ‘Putin is a dickhead’). Picture: Getty

Yeva and her family packed their bags for Poland just two weeks after Russia invaded Ukraine.

The 15-year-old fled with her mother and brother from her town 100km outside of Zaporizhzhya in the south-east of their country, which is home to the largest nuclear power plant in Europe. Russian forces shelled the facility on March 3, and fires broke out, sparking fears that the reactor was damaged and this could lead to a Chernobyl-like disaster.