By Guest Writer • 03 March 2022 • 16:41
Nataliya and the two children en route to the Rock
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A LONG escape to freedom from Kyiv to Gibraltar as family braves bombing and a 17-hour train journey to Poland.
Gibraltarian brothers Darren and Blythe Victor moved to Ukraine 20 years ago to become teachers and settle in that country.
Darren married and has a five-year-old daughter and four-year-old son and was understandably worried about their safety when it became obvious that war was imminent.
Having contacted the British Government to find out if there were evacuation plans and having been told that there weren’t, he then made a plea to Gibraltar Chief Minister Fabian Picardo for help and it was forthcoming.
The family had to get out of Kyiv where they lived and managed after much difficult to get a train to Lviv just 70 kilometres from the Polish border and then caught another train that took them safely to Warsaw.
It was there that the Gibraltar Government was able to help out and the family were booked on a flight from Warsaw to Malaga on Thursday March 3 for onwards road transfer to settle on the Rock for the duration of the conflict.
At the moment, Darren’s brother and family remain in the Ukrainian capital although he, his wife Nataliya, daughter Sky and son Erik pray for their safety having themselves fled with just a small bag each.
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