“We drove – the bridge collapsed.” Refugees from Ukraine arrive in Belgorod

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Temporary accommodation near Belgorod — this is a tent camp, where several dozen people from the border regions of Ukraine arrive daily. Not all of those who cross the Russian border go to TAPs: someone has relatives who know Belgorod.

Guests, and not refugees

"People we stay in most of them for one or two days, then they are sent further to Russia, now they are sent every day — says Deputy Head of TAP Vitaly Belokopytov. — They are sent in comfortable tourist buses to other regions that are ready to accept them, the approximate distance — up to 1200 km from Belgorod».

These people are here — not yet refugees, they have not had time to receive this status. They are called guests here, because upon entering the Russian Federation they receive a guest visa for 90 days as foreign citizens.  In the further they will be placed in permanent buildings in other regions, they will receive registration, the right to work, in the migration service and in social protection they will draw up all the documents  — explains Vitaly Alexandrovich.

Photo: AiF/Tatyana Chernykh

It's already cold at night, but all the tents in the camp are insulated, each has a reflector — nobody complains about  the cold. Most of  those with whom I managed to talk have not yet completely recovered, someone refused to communicate at all, fearing for relatives who remained at home, under the Armed Forces of Ukraine. The thing is that those who left for Russia are tracked down, and their relatives are immediately classified as separatists.

In one of tents — canteen, people here are fed by a social catering plant, which also prepares food for schools and kindergartens in Belgorod, so the food is tasty and high in calories. I notice on all tables grapes — They explain to me that in the spring, when Governor Vyacheslav Gladkov first came here, he conversed with people and noted that many immunity was weakened and instructed to provide TAPs with fruit without fail.

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We have a son there…

An elderly couple is finishing breakfast. Meet them — back in the middle of August they arrived from the Kharkov region, from Izyum. The man has cancer, so they stayed in the TAC, as he is undergoing treatment.

“We waited for almost five months to be taken out of there, finally it worked out, we came here, we were received very well. We left by the first humanitarian bus, when patients were taken out of Izyum, here they all were accepted, whoever needed them, Belgorod doctors performed operations, they treat in   — many thanks to the people of Belgorod for the help! — says Natalia Nikolaevna. —   We have a son there. We call him, we know what is going on there, that the Armed Forces of Ukraine are there now. Russian troops entered Izyum on March 26, and life began to gradually improve, there was electricity, water, humanitarian aid began to be brought, although the Armed Forces of Ukraine continued to fire at us. And now again there is nothing, everything is broken. Today they say that they will liberate Donbass. This is great. And we? And Kupyansk, and Izyum — one hundred thousand cities in Kharkiv region. Someone, like us, was able to leave. And those who remained…".

Photo: AiF/Tatyana Chernykh

The camp — volunteers came

In T            this             These are products, canned food, hygiene items — the volunteer tent is crammed with racks and  things from floor to canvas. First of all, the Belgorod organization “Emergency Youth Aid” helps. (they started their work here in March, as soon as the camp opened), as well as victory volunteers.

 Each of us comes in free time, — says NSR volunteer Alexey. — Here we need all sorts of help — you need to distribute things, bring and take and something help to unload, and talk with people. Our tent is open from morning to evening, and when there was recently a big influx from Logachyovka, we and worked until 2am».

Two young guys take just the essentials, shaving machines. They arrived last night, traveled in their car from the Svatovsky district of the Lugansk region. They left because of the shelling, when asked what they think to do next, they shrug their shoulders: “Where they will distribute, we'll go there.”

Photo: AiF/Tatyana Chernykh

Nine in one car

There are no citizens with passports of DPR and LPR in the  ; referendum. There are only Ukrainians who left the bombings, whose houses were destroyed by the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

Zina, a young woman, has just arrived from the village of Dvurechnoye, Kharkov region. They got to the border by car, then through the checkpoint in Logachevka — by bus to PVR.

“There are still a lot of people at the border,” she says.    There were nine of us in the car, all relatives, with my husband and 9-year-old daughter. We were bombed out of a house in      we recently bought — and now it's gone. When they left, the APU was not there yet, and the next morning they came in. On the road we crossed the bridge, it was dilapidated, but it was still possible to move along it. We passed, and he collapsed, swam down the river. When the Armed Forces of Ukraine began to bomb Kupyansk — it is a several kilometers from it and flyed to us, it bombed a recreation center in a village, residential buildings».

Photo: AiF/Tatyana Chernykh

Valentin brought his family — wife and 11-year-old daughter from Svatovsky district of Lugansk region, from the village of Nizhnyaya Duvanka.

"We left after the shelling of the center of the village — the school was destroyed, the kindergarten, we decided to go to Russia, not to wait for our house to be destroyed  — the man says. — From to the border 60 kilometers, got quickly. And now we are going to Ural — I have my mother and sisters there, so I came back home.

Valeria arrived with her husband, brother and four-year-old daughter the night before from the village of Troitskoye, Luhansk region.

“My parents didn’t want to go, it’s hard for the elderly to leave everything, my father took us to the border,” she says. — Here we just called them. They sit, they don't leave the house, because they are constantly shelling. We ran, as they say, in what we were — but it's better this way, but the child is alive, only for her sake and left. My husband from Severodonetsk, in the beginning of spring, went to to parents sat sat with their cellars for five months, escaping shelling. Only there it was quiet — came back to us and here we started».

Psychologist from Moscow

Almost all the arrivals —  under stress. They need not only material, but also emergency psychological help. I am meeting the camp psychologist: ELena Makarova came here on a business trip for a week from Moscow; here,  everyone, in principle, is similar, — Elena Yurievna says   In mostly people are in a state of uncertainty, they lose their homes, property, relatives, go into the unknown. Information is important for them, and it is equally important to feed-drink, resettle, and provide them with everything necessary. And  the camp works very well in this regard. When they realize that no one will leave them, that they are under the protection of the state, they calm down and see at least some kind of life perspective. We can not influence the situation, but we can help those around us».

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