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Escaping Putin's Bombs
Visura Exclusive
Credit: Michael Trammer via Visura
Asset ID: VA67756
Caption: Available
Copyright: © Michael Trammer, 2022
Collection: Environment Feature News
Location: Lviv, Ukraine
Topics: Environment Feature Journalism mass displacement News Photography Refugees Ukraine War

Michael Trammer

Based in Hanover, Germany

Freelance journalist based in Hanover and Munich | Prefers to work with different media (photo, video and text) and likes stories with an investigative element. Writes on social movements, social inequality, migration and group-focused...
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People arrive on trains from eastern Ukraine at Lviv Central Station.

March 4th, 2022 - Lviv Central Station
Marina and Sergej are saying goodbye as he is heading to fight in Kyiv and she is fleeing the war to Poland.

March 4th, 2022 - Lviv Central Station
March 4th, 2022 - Lviv Central Station
March 4th, 2022 - Lviv Central Station
A woman stands next to the "Hall of the military" at Lviv station.

March 4th, 2022 - Lviv Central Station
Ansari Khalid, 49, has fled his home in Charkiw, that is subject to heavy shelling and bombing. "I decided to leave, because I don’t know about tommorow. Today when I arrived here, they phoned me from home, that they bombed my house", he says.

March 4th, 2022 - Lviv Central Station

An elderly woman is carried down the stairs as she collapsed unboarding a train. Masses overrun the station of Lviv.

March 4th, 2022 - Lviv Central Station
Militias patrol the crowds of refugees, some carrying rifles, decorated with Ukrainian flags.

March 4th, 2022 - Lviv Central Station
Paul Hughes, 57, Canadian infantry veteran has come to join the "International Legion" and is complaining, that no one has yet given him a gun or helped him to enlist. Hughes was stationed in Germany during the cold war and calls himself a "pacifist". Nevertheless he wants to go fight at the frontline.

March 4th, 2022 - Lviv Central Station
People queue for train tickets to Poland.

March 4th, 2022 - Lviv Central Station
Many take their pets, as the leave their homes and many belongings behind.

March 4th, 2022 - Lviv Central Station
Nastya, 20, from a suburb of Kyiv has fled her home due to the ongoing shelling and attacks by the Russian military. She is queuing for a ticket to Poland. It will take her another 24 hours to reach European soil.

March 4th, 2022 - Lviv Central Station
Children play while their parents line up to get food and hot drinks, as the weather is freezing cold and the temperatures around two dregrees Celcius.

March 4th, 2022 - Lviv Central Station
Water is heated in a stove in front of the station.

March 4th, 2022 - Lviv Central Station
A group of men cooks soup for the waiting.

March 4th, 2022 - Lviv Central Station
As trains are crowded and the capacity is not enough people chose busses to travel further west.

March 4th, 2022 - Lviv Central Station
A boy watches the crowd as a Poland-bound bus leaves Lviv Central Station.

March 4th, 2022 - Lviv Central Station
Highway M11 is clogged for tens of kilometers before the Polish-Ukranian border. Billboards advertise the army.

March 5th, 2022 - Highway M11
Cars line up for kilometers.

March 5th, 2022 - Highway M11
Two kids hold hans as they approach the border crossing of Schehyni and Medyka.

March 5th, 2022 - Schehyni
Masses wait to cross into Europe by foot.  

March 5th, 2022 - Schehyni
Crowd awaiting to cross at border crossing of Schehyni (Ukraine) to Medyka (Poland).

March 5th, 2022 - Schehyni
Night falls and the crowd has not reducedatSchehyni (Ukraine) to Medyka (Poland) border crossing. Temperatures are around the freezing point.

March 5th, 2022 - Schehyni
Polish watchtower at the Ukranian border, as seen from Medyka (Poland).

March 3rd, 2022 - Medyka
A woman hold a girl, that just came running thorugh the border crossing of Medyka.

March 3rd, 2022 - Medyka
Humanitarian goods and volunteers await crossing into Ukraine.

March 3rd, 2022 - Medyka
A woman bursts to tears, as a train from Lviv (Ukraine) arrives at Przemyśl (Poland) station in Poland.

March 3rd - Przemyśl station
Approximately 2000 people are transported by one train arriving from Ukraine.

March 3rd - Przemyśl station
The media circus gathers.

March 3rd - Przemyśl station
A woman bursts to tears as her brother greats her through the fence. He travelled from Czech Republic to pick her up.

March 3rd - Przemyśl station
Heavily armed special forces overlook the situation.

March 3rd - Przemyśl station
March 3rd - Przemyśl station
Olga and Jürgen have come from Zwickau to pick up Olgas 83 year old mother.

March 3rd - Przemyśl station
They have been waiting in the cold for hours, as trains arrive but Olga's mother is nowhere to be found.

March 3rd - Przemyśl station
The sun sets and it gets dark, as Olga and Jürgen are still waiting.

March 3rd - Przemyśl station
Olga's mother finally arrives. 
March 4th - Przemyśl station
Special forces patrol the train station.

March 3rd - Przemyśl station
Volunteers pack goods to be transported to Ukraine by train.

March 3rd - Przemyśl station
Hundreds sleep at Przemyśl station. Police patrols the area. Hooligans make a gesture of slitting the throat towards a person of color. The night before people of color were violently attacked.

March 3rd - Przemyśl station
Ruth Hadiza has been waiting for her daughter, that had lost her Nigerian passport, to pass immigration for two days.

March 3rd - Przemyśl station
Media perform live broadcasts from  Przemyśl station.

March 3rd - Przemyśl station
People leave Przemyśl station.

March 3rd - Przemyśl station
A bus of Ukranian refugees arrives in Hannover, Germany.

March 1st, Hannover
The Ukranian Community and the Liberal Jewish Community have gathered goods.

March 1st, Hannover
Together with the fire brigade a makeshift shelter has been set up in the gym of the fire brigade. Volunteers from the Liberal Jewish Community welcome the arrivers.

March 1st, Hannover