13:48 29 Sep 2022

russians don't let Ukrainian refugees evacuate to Latvia – Luhansk governor

Photo: Telegram/ Serhii Haidai

At the Burachka border checkpoint in russia's Pskov Oblast, Ukrainian citizens haven't been allowed to enter Latvia for four days.

Rubryka reports, referring to the head of the Luhansk regional military administration, Serhii Haidai, in Telegram.

As the governor noted, these Ukrainians, fleeing from the "russian world" from the occupied territories, are trying to leave for Latvia.

"At the Burachka border checkpoint in Pskov Oblast, the russians have not let out Ukrainian citizens who want to leave for four days.

About 200 cars gathered in the queue. People, including disabled people and small children, are in terrible conditions," said the head of the region.

Haidai says the refugees, who are trying to escape from the occupied settlements of Ukraine through the territory of russia, informed him about this via chatbot.

Haidai added that almost 1,000 citizens are waiting in line at this checkpoint. People are afraid that after the announcement of the results of the pseudo-referendums, they will not be released at all.


Many Ukrainian people residing in Luhansk, Donetsk, Zaporizhzhia, and Kherson regions are evacuating by any means to the territory of the European Union. Many people, fearing for their lives, aren't willing to evacuate through the frontline and grey zones since russian shelling is very likely. Moreover, the trip may take up to a week, as there are many evacuees and lines. The russian forces don't let people through the roadblock checkpoints to the Ukraine-controlled territory immediately, checking people's belongings, demanding bribes, and checking men for patriotic tattoos, stripping them. In many regions, the hostilities are too intense to cross to safe locations.

Many choose to evacuate through the territory of russia to get to the Baltic States or Georgia because there are no hostilities on the territory of the russian federation. Ukrainian refugees take this risk to evacuate to the EU.

Read Rubryka's Timeline of war: current news on Ukraine's defense against russia's aggression.

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