SLOVAKIA / UKRAINE REFUGEE SISTERS

05-May-2022 00:02:08
In Slovakia, the UN refugee agency is on hand to help refugees weigh their options, working together with them and empowering them to make their own informed decisions. UNHCR
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STORY: SLOVAKIA / UKRAINE REFUGEE SISTERS
TRT: 2:08
SOURCE: UNHCR
RESTRICTIONS: PLEASE CREDIT UNHCR ON SCREEN
LANGUAGE: RUSSIAN / UKRAINIAN / NATS
DATELINE: 13 APRIL 2022, VYŠNÉ NEMECKÉ, MICHALOVCE, SLOVAKIA
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13 APRIL 2022, VYŠNÉ NEMECKÉ, BORDER CROSSING POINT, SLOVAKIA – UKRAINE BORDER

1. Various shots, Ukrainian sisters, border crossing

RECENT, SEVERODONETSK, UKRAINE

2. Photo, Ukrainian sisters’ destroyed apartment

13 APRIL 2022, MICHALOVCE, SLOVAKIA

3. SOUNDBITE (Russian) Natasha Titova, Ukrainian refugee:
“Plans? We want to work because we have nothing to return to. The city of Severodonetsk is all in ruins, bombed. I have two flats. I was comfortable. A rocket fell on one of them, the other I don’t know… There are no communications, no electricity, no gas, no water… It’s impossible to live there.”
4. Med shot, Ukrainian sisters, getting into a van
5. Various shots, Ukrainian sisters, reception center
6. Med shot, Ukrainian sisters, talking to UNHCR staff
7. Various shots, Ukrainian sisters, reception center, streets
8. SOUNDBITE (Russian) Antonina Kunchenko, Ukrainian refugee:
“Everything that’s happening now, in this country, in Europe, the whole of Europe is helping us now.”
9. SOUNDBITE (Russian) Natasha Titova, Ukrainian refugee:
“We did not expect people would welcome us so warmly.”
10. SOUNDBITE (Russian) Antonina Kunchenko, Ukrainian refugee:
“First class.”
11. SOUNDBITE (Russian) Natasha Titova, Ukrainian refugee:
“Thank you”
12. Ukrainian sisters, accommodation facilities
STORYLINE
In Slovakia, the UN refugee agency is on hand to help refugees weigh their options, working together with them and empowering them to make their own informed decisions.

Antonina Kunchenko, 62, and Natasha Titova, 59, are sisters who fled fighting in eastern Ukraine. They come from Severodonetsk in Lugansk oblast in Ukraine. They spent a month in a cellar sheltering from shelling before heeding the call of their governor to evacuate. Then, they set out on a three-day journey across Ukraine to safety.

When they got to the border, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and its NGO partners were on hand to offer information to help the refugees orient themselves. Volunteers guided them to a minibus that took them from the border village of Vyšné Nemecké to the nearby town of Michalovce.

Here, a sports hall has been turned into a registration centre for refugees. The sisters eye rows of camp beds with army blankets; outside are tents with staff and volunteers offering psychological support, on-the-spot chipping for pets, and Slovak SIM cards. All the services are free.

The sisters have temporary protected status and somewhere to go. They have been accepted in a shelter in the city of Prešov, another hour’s ride away.

They join 65,000 Ukrainian refugees who have applied for protection in Slovakia, while 257,000 have traveled to other destinations.
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