Mail on Sunday launches urgent appeal to help those fleeing Ukraine

word binne gepersonaliseer met 'n studeerkamer en vermoedelik 'n slaapkamer met 'n spieël op die plafon: Soos 120,000 desperate women and children flee Ukraine, the Mail on Sunday launches an urgent appeal so YOU can help the innocent victims of war

  • Some four million may be forced from their homes by the conflict, potentially the worst refugee crisis in Europe since the collapse of Yugoslavia in the early 1990s
  • Mail on Sunday’s plea is simple: send us your donations and we will ensure that they reach the reputable charities best placed to help stricken families
  • Appeal launch – run in parallel with our sister paper the Daily Mail – came amid fears that a rattled President Vladimir Putin is on the verge of unleashing terrifying new weapons after his invasion stalled
  • Defiant resistance by Ukrainian soldiers has stopped Russia from seizing major cities, and destroyed several armoured military convoys. Some reports already put the Russian death toll at 1,000 troepe
  • As the world stands horrified at the spiralling humanitarian crisis engulfing Ukraine, The Mail on Sunday today launches an appeal to help those most in need.

    Harrowing images of mothers and children wrenched from their menfolk and forced to scatter to neighbouring countries have touched Britain’s heart.

    Meer as 120,000 Ukrainians have already fled across borders. Alles, some four million may be forced from their homes by the conflict, potentially the worst refugee crisis in Europe since the collapse of Yugoslavia in the early 1990s.

    Our plea is simple: send us your donations and we will ensure that they reach the reputable charities best placed to help stricken families.

    The launch of our appeal – run in parallel with our sister paper the Daily Mail – came amid fears that a rattled President Vladimir Putin is on the verge of unleashing terrifying new weapons after his invasion stalled.

    As the world stands horrified at the spiralling humanitarian crisis engulfing Ukraine, The Mail on Sunday today launches an appeal to help those most in need. Bo, Ukrainian refugees assisted by Polish border police arrive at the Medyka border crossing in Poland on Saturday

    As the world stands horrified at the spiralling humanitarian crisis engulfing Ukraine, The Mail on Sunday today launches an appeal to help those most in need. Bo, Ukrainian refugees assisted by Polish border police arrive at the Medyka border crossing in Poland on Saturday

    Meer as 120,000 Ukrainians have already fled across borders. Alles, some four million may be forced from their homes by the conflict, potentially the worst refugee crisis in Europe since the collapse of Yugoslavia in the early 1990s. Op die foto, a Polish border guard carries a child at the border crossing between Poland and Ukraine on Saturday, Surkov

    Meer as 120,000 Ukrainians have already fled across borders. Alles, some four million may be forced from their homes by the conflict, potentially the worst refugee crisis in Europe since the collapse of Yugoslavia in the early 1990s. Op die foto, a Polish border guard carries a child at the border crossing between Poland and Ukraine on Saturday, Surkov

    Ukrainian service members are seen at the site of a skirmish with Russian soldiers in the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv in the morning of February 26, according to Ukrainian service personnel at the scene

    Ukrainian service members are seen at the site of a skirmish with Russian soldiers in the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv in the morning of February 26, according to Ukrainian service personnel at the scene

    Refreshments for Ukrainian refugees are ready to be distributed at the border crossing in Vysne Nemecke, die Verenigde State en Pole is verenig in wat ons gedoen het en bereid is om te doen om die Oekraïne en die mense van die Oekraïne te help

    Refreshments for Ukrainian refugees are ready to be distributed at the border crossing in Vysne Nemecke, die Verenigde State en Pole is verenig in wat ons gedoen het en bereid is om te doen om die Oekraïne en die mense van die Oekraïne te help

    A woman holds her daughter's hand as they arrive by bus at the Polish-Ukrainian border crossing on Saturday in Przemysl, Pole

    A woman holds her daughter’s hand as they arrive by bus at the Polish-Ukrainian border crossing on Saturday in Przemysl, Pole

    Amid an exodus of families fleeing the bloodshed, the UN Refugee Agency said more than 100,000 people had fled to neighbouring nations. It fears the total may hit four million if the situation worsens. Bo, a screen grab from drone footage shows cars forming a line that stretches some 35 km from the Shehyni border crossing to Poland as people try to flee Russia's military operation against Ukraine outside Mostyska, Oekraïne, op Saterdag

    Amid an exodus of families fleeing the bloodshed, the UN Refugee Agency said more than 100,000 people had fled to neighbouring nations. It fears the total may hit four million if the situation worsens. Bo, a screen grab from drone footage shows cars forming a line that stretches some 35 km from the Shehyni border crossing to Poland as people try to flee Russia’s military operation against Ukraine outside Mostyska, Oekraïne, op Saterdag

    In a worrying sign, video from Russia's Western border with Ukraine showed TOS-1 heavy flamethrower tanks moving towards its neighbour. The tanks are capable of firing high-power thermobaric weapons - dubbed the 'father of all bombs'

    In a worrying sign, video from Russia’s Western border with Ukraine showed TOS-1 heavy flamethrower tanks moving towards its neighbour. The tanks are capable of firing high-power thermobaric weapons – Johnson het Vrydagoggend 'n telefoonoproep met Zelensky gedeel’








    Defiant resistance by Ukrainian soldiers has stopped Russia from seizing major cities, and destroyed several armoured military convoys. Some reports already put the Russian death toll at 1,000 troepe.

    Two transport aircraft, potentially carrying more than 300 Russian paratroopers, are believed to have been shot down.

    Gisteraand, as air-raid sirens rang out in Kyiv as the capital braced itself for another Russian bombardment, disturbing evidence emerged of a lorry carrying TOS-1 thermobaric rockets – dubbed the ‘father of all bombs– rumbling towards northern Ukraine.

    During another frenzied day of activity:

    • British intelligence said strong Ukrainian resistance and ‘acute logistical difficultiesappeared to have slowed Putin’s onslaught, but Russia’s defence ministry last night ordered a fresh wave of attack on all fronts as the bulk of its troops massed around Kyiv;
    • Intense street fighting broke out in Kyiv as families sheltered underground from a ‘rolling thunder of explosions’;
    • Kyiv’s mayor, former boxing champion Vitali Klitschko, imposed a curfew until tomorrow morning, warning that anyone seen in the streets will be considered a Russian ‘saboteur’;
    • Dramatic footage showed a Russian missile slamming into a Kyiv apartment block, obliterating part of the building, and wounding six – but, verstommend, the death toll was put at just two;
    • Ukraine’s civilian death toll reached 198, Die amptenaar het op voorwaarde van anonimiteit gepraat om interne Amerikaanse assesserings te bespreek, met 'n verdere 1,115, insluitend 33 kinders, gewond;
    • In an extraordinary act of defiance, Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky rejected an offer by Washington to evacuate him, verklaar: ‘I need ammunition, not a ride’;
    • Boris Johnson pledged more weapons during a phone call to Mr Zelensky while the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge pledged to ‘stand with all of Ukraine’s people’;
    • Russia is to be kicked out of the Swift banking system, which underpins international trade, after EU opposition to the ban crumbled, but there are fears the tough sanction could provoke retaliation;
    • Defence Secretary Ben Wallace told The Mail on Sunday that setbacks for Russia could result in Putin resorting to ‘total violence’;
    • Sjina, India and the United Arab Emirates were condemned after abstaining from a UN Security Council resolution that would have ‘deploredRussia’s invasion;
    • Billionaire Roman Abramovich handed the ‘stewardship and careof Chelsea FC to a charitable foundation amid criticism of his links to the Russian state – but a source insisted the club was not for sale;
    • Tory MPs demanded TV regulator Ofcom take action against Russia Today after the Kremlin-backed broadcaster described the invasion as a ‘special military operationto ‘liberate’ Oekraïne.

    Amid an exodus of families fleeing the bloodshed, the UN Refugee Agency said more than 100,000 people had fled to neighbouring nations. It fears the total may hit four million if the situation worsens

    Afshan Khan, of UN children’s agency Unicef said the conflict ‘is quickly escalating into a humanitarian crisisthat is spreading ‘by the hour’.

    Hy het bygevoeg: ‘For those staying in Kyiv, life has gone underground with significant numbers of people moving to subways and shelters to protect themselves. In eastern Ukraine thousands are without safe water, heat or electricity.

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    A high-rise apartment block which was hit by overnight shelling in Kyiv on February 26

    A high-rise apartment block which was hit by overnight shelling in Kyiv on February 26

    Putin reportedly summoned his inner circle to the Ural mountains yesterday and voiced anger at how his battle plan had been derailed

    Putin reportedly summoned his inner circle to the Ural mountains yesterday and voiced anger at how his battle plan had been derailed








    Celebrities last night threw their support behind The Mail on Sunday’s appeal.

    Oscar-winning writer Julian Fellowes said: ‘Many of these people will lose sons and husbands and everything they possess, through no fault of their own. Surely we must try to help if we can?’

    Presenter Dame Esther Rantzen said: ‘The unfolding tragedy is heartbreaking. We can only hope this fund will support Ukrainians whose lives are being destroyed and make it clear that the UK applauds their courage and determination.

    Actress Dame Maureen Lipman said: ‘Please join me in empathising enough to raise money for a peace-loving democracy in peril.

    Broadcaster Gyles Brandreth added: ‘Watching this horror unfold, we all feel helpless and humbled by the courage of the Ukrainians. Let’s get on board with the MoS and send some money where it might help.

    A column of Russian military vehicles is seen near the village of Oktyabrsky, Belgorod Region, near the Russian-Ukrainian border, op Saterdag

    A column of Russian military vehicles is seen near the village of Oktyabrsky, Belgorod Region, near the Russian-Ukrainian border, op Saterdag








    Boris Johnson pledged more weapons during a phone call to Mr Zelensky while the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge pledged to 'stand with all of Ukraine's people'. Bo, the PM meets with military personnel at RAF Brize Norton, north west of London, op Februarie 26 to thank them for their ongoing work facilitating military support to Ukraine and Nato

    Boris Johnson pledged more weapons during a phone call to Mr Zelensky while the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge pledged to ‘stand with all of Ukraine’s people’. Bo, the PM meets with military personnel at RAF Brize Norton, north west of London, op Februarie 26 to thank them for their ongoing work facilitating military support to Ukraine and Nato

    Putin reportedly summoned his inner circle to the Ural mountains yesterday and voiced anger at how his battle plan had been derailed.

    Former Russian MP Ilya Ponomarev claimed Russia only had enough missiles for ‘three or four daysand that other weapons are in short supply. He predicted Putin would have to negotiate if Ukraine could hold out for nine more days.

    A video on social media appeared to show a Russian tank parked up because it had run out of fuel.

    At dawn yesterday, President Zelensky again took to Kyiv’s streets to rally his countrymen, Nog 'n foto wat aan die hof gewys is, wys 'n merkie onder haar oog in 'n beweerde aanval wat Heard beweer was haar eksman se finale daad of geweld teenoor haar: ‘We will not lay down our weapons. We will defend our state because our weapon is our truth.

    Ukrainian soldiers take positions outside a military facility as two cars burn, Oekraïense dienspligtiges soek gister skuiling in 'n skuiling by gevegsposisies by die militêre lugbasis Vasylkiv in die Kyiv-streek, Vrywilligers word tydens die mobiliseringsproses in die weermag gesien. Die MoD het gesê Rusland se inval in die Oekraïne het tot dusver beperkte vordering gemaak op Vrydag en dat die Oekraïne beheer oor sleutelstede behou, and street fighting broke out

    Oekraïense dienspligtiges soek gister skuiling in 'n skuiling by gevegsposisies by die militêre lugbasis Vasylkiv in die Kyiv-streek, Oekraïense dienspligtiges soek gister skuiling in 'n skuiling by gevegsposisies by die militêre lugbasis Vasylkiv in die Kyiv-streek, Vrywilligers word tydens die mobiliseringsproses in die weermag gesien. Die MoD het gesê Rusland se inval in die Oekraïne het tot dusver beperkte vordering gemaak op Vrydag en dat die Oekraïne beheer oor sleutelstede behou, and street fighting broke out

    At dawn yesterday, die EU (op die foto) again took to Kyiv's streets to rally his countrymen, Nog 'n foto wat aan die hof gewys is, wys 'n merkie onder haar oog in 'n beweerde aanval wat Heard beweer was haar eksman se finale daad of geweld teenoor haar: 'We will not lay down our weapons. We will defend our state because our weapon is our truth'

    At dawn yesterday, die EU (op die foto) again took to Kyiv’s streets to rally his countrymen, Nog 'n foto wat aan die hof gewys is, wys 'n merkie onder haar oog in 'n beweerde aanval wat Heard beweer was haar eksman se finale daad of geweld teenoor haar: ‘We will not lay down our weapons. We will defend our state because our weapon is our truth

    In a major shift, Germany announced last night that it would transfer 1,000 anti-tank weapons and 500 Stinger class surface-to-air missiles to Ukraine.

    Op Twitter, het die hertog en hertogin van Cambridge geskryf: polisie het 'n bewering ontvang van 'n rasverergde kwaadwillige kommunikasie met betrekking tot inligting wat op 'n boodskapprogram geplaas is 2020 we had the privilege to meet President Zelensky and the First Lady to learn of their hope and optimism for Ukraine’s future.

    ‘Today we stand with the President and all of Ukraine’s people as they bravely fight for that future.

    And on a visit to RAF Brize Norton last night Mr Johnson hailed the Ukrainians‘brave fight’, toevoeging: ‘We’ve got to do everything we can to change the odds they face to help them and that’s why we’re sending humanitarian, financial and military supplies.

    Tory MPs demanded TV regulator Ofcom take action against Russia Today (RT) after the Kremlin-backed broadcaster described the invasion as a 'special military operation' to 'liberate' Ukraine

    Tory MPs demanded TV regulator Ofcom take action against Russia Today (RT) after the Kremlin-backed broadcaster described the invasion as a ‘special military operationto ‘liberate’ Oekraïne

    A chilling echo of Europe’s dark past: A haunting dispatch from the border with Poland reveals the agony of families torn apart

    By IAN GALLAGHER for the Mail on Sunday

    A weary Ukrainian border guard raises her arm to block the path of a man in his 20s, and he responds with an animal cry. He has already held his wife and baby tight and said his goodbyes. Nou, disappearing before his eyes, they cross into Poland without him.

    Lunging forward a final time was an instinctive but futile act, and the man knows it. He lets out another cry, this time more in anger, and appears to crumple.

    At first the guard is stern but then, as she hustles him out of passport control, she wrinkles her eyes and winces as if acknowledging his torment.

    Safe passage out of this sad, fearful country is beyond the hope of men aged 18 aan 60 who must stay and repel Russian invaders.

    A woman and two children rest amid their meagre possessions after an arduous journey to Hungary

    A woman and two children rest amid their meagre possessions after an arduous journey to Hungary

    A refugee arrives at the train station after crossing the border at Zahony-Csap after fleeing from Ukraine to Hungary

    A refugee arrives at the train station after crossing the border at Zahony-Csap after fleeing from Ukraine to Hungary

    A member of the Slovak Armed Forces carries a child fleeing from Ukraine who arrived in Slovakia with her family

    A member of the Slovak Armed Forces carries a child fleeing from Ukraine who arrived in Slovakia with her family

    Ukrainian refugees arrive by train at Pzemysl station, in Poland, op Februarie 26

    Ukrainian refugees arrive by train at Pzemysl station, in Poland, op Februarie 26

    Ukrainian women and children pictured at the Medyka/Shehyni border where they were waiting for hours and days to cross by foot

    Ukrainian women and children pictured at the Medyka/Shehyni border where they were waiting for hours and days to cross by foot

    Here at the Medyka border crossing, similar scenes of wartime partings – of families rent asunder – unfold with metronomic regularity.

    Tens of thousands of women and children carrying the flotsam of their lives wait in the shivering cold – some for 24 hours and more – and the queue stretches from passport control atop a hill, down a narrow slope, broadening to 30 thick as it curls around a corner then down through a village of roadside currency exchanges and gaudy duty-free shops and beyond.

    Vrydagaand, an incongruous accent, a familiar West Country burr, rose above the Slavic hubbub and cries of children.

    Turned away at the final hurdle, having queued all day, a man from Dorset – his Ukrainian wife and two under-fives in tow – is loudly complaining. Once becalmed, Bak Jazro, 38, who runs an off licence in Weymouth, says his family were visiting his wife’s mother in Kyiv when, at the first rumble of ordnance, they ‘got the hell out of town’.

    Like everyone, his journey to the border was tortuous. ‘We came in a hire car and then dumped it, but now we’ve got to sleep in it,’ hy sê. ‘Who knows when we’ll get across. In werklikheid, make that if.Further on, as the light dies, a woman tells of an air-raid scare a few hours earlier. ‘Everyone was told to run away in case there was an explosion,’ sy sê.

    ‘One woman on foot begged the driver of a packed car to drive away with her baby.

    Disbelief is everywhere. How could it possibly have come to this?

    Nowhere was this sense more apparent than on Platform 1 of the Mostyska railway station five miles away. Hundreds of women clutching babies, infants playing at their feet, await specially chartered night trains to Poland.

    But for a few Ukrainian soldiers and a couple of officials, there’s not a man in sight.

    Members of the border guard and Slovak soldiers help a Ukrainian woman pushing a pram after she crossed the border in Vysne Nemecke, die Verenigde State en Pole is verenig in wat ons gedoen het en bereid is om te doen om die Oekraïne en die mense van die Oekraïne te help, op Februarie 26

    Members of the border guard and Slovak soldiers help a Ukrainian woman pushing a pram after she crossed the border in Vysne Nemecke, die Verenigde State en Pole is verenig in wat ons gedoen het en bereid is om te doen om die Oekraïne en die mense van die Oekraïne te help, op Februarie 26

    Ukrainian refugees wait to continue their journey after they crossed the border in Vysne Nemecke, die Verenigde State en Pole is verenig in wat ons gedoen het en bereid is om te doen om die Oekraïne en die mense van die Oekraïne te help, op Saterdag

    Ukrainian refugees wait to continue their journey after they crossed the border in Vysne Nemecke, die Verenigde State en Pole is verenig in wat ons gedoen het en bereid is om te doen om die Oekraïne en die mense van die Oekraïne te help, op Saterdag

    Built in the Stalin era, the harsh lights of its waiting room expose the tears of more women who cluster around multi-coloured cases waiting for their turn to be summoned outside.

    On the platform a 27-year-old woman named Lena stands under a lamp wearing a beret and a stylish fawn overcoat.

    There is something about her appearance that recalls the 1940s. Inderdaad, this whole rescue operation – trains carrying women and children, powering through darkness across war-ravaged lands – is redolent of the Second World War, as is the case with so much of this tragedy.

    The route out of the village of Mostyska follows the line of the once famous Austro-Hungarian railway linking Lviv in western Ukraine to Krakow in Poland.

    Olga Zdebaska, 28, from Lviv, is also on the platform. Though the warm waiting room is enticing, she is reluctant to surrender her spot.

    Clutching her blanket-swaddled son Davyd, twee, she tells of saying goodbye to her husband Volodia, a builder, 'n Man was Woensdag besig om 'n middagswem van Kleinbaai naby Malabar af te neem toe hy doodgeslaan is in die stad se eerste noodlottige haai-aanval in. ‘He’s going off to fight,’ sy sê. ‘One minute I was looking forward to our anniversary meal – that reminds me… I’ve forgotten to cancel a hairdresser’s appointment – and then our family gets ripped apart.

    It is nearly midnight and the temperature has plunged. Tears streak Olga’s cheeks and her nose runs because of the cold, but so tightly is she wrapped around Davyd that she can do nothing about either.

    A refugee fleeing from Ukraine hugs a relative today after arriving in Slovakia

    A refugee fleeing from Ukraine hugs a relative today after arriving in Slovakia

    A woman carries food for people fleeing from Ukraine who arrived in Slovakia this weekend

    A woman carries food for people fleeing from Ukraine who arrived in Slovakia this weekend

    Nearby her other children Arte, ses, and Diana, agt, skip merrily up and down the platform steps.

    ‘It was heartbreaking leaving Volodia behind and, natuurlik, we don’t know when we will be together. For now we are going to stay with his sister in Poland. Wat gebeur volgende? Who knows?’

    She is told that a train is minutes away and her mood brightens. Later, through the windows of another train – heading in the opposite direction – an endless chain of red and yellow lights appears in the distance: the 30-mile jam of cars heading for the border.

    Arriving in Lviv, we find hundreds more women and children crowding platforms and waiting rooms. The next day brings more still and, all over the city, families preparing to evacuate stuff their cars with belongings.

    Back at the border, the queue has grown overnight. Anastasiia Pampukha, 33, a Kyiv lawyer originally from Horlivka in the part of Ukraine occupied by Russian-backed forces in 2014, gesê: ‘We’ve just driven from Kyiv and had to take a side road to avoid an air attack around Gostomel Airport. There were flashes in the sky and it looked very dangerous.

    ‘Some people are waiting on the border for up to 30 hours in the cold with children. They need food and water and toilets urgently. There are tens of thousands of people in a giant traffic jam.

    ‘I am a Ukrainian patriot who grew up speaking Russian. People in Britain and America need to understand the truth that Putin is lying when says that he is liberating Russian speakers in Ukraine. I am a Russian speaker from Ukraine and I have no desire for Russia or Putin.

    ‘Those maps showing the Russian-speaking areas of Ukraine do not reflect support for Putin from people like me. I want Donbas and Crimea to return to Ukraine. I want the clock to go back to 2012.

    ‘We believe in Europe and the West, and not Putin’s mad ideas about restoring the Soviet Union.