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A Ukrainian mother tells how she and her son fled Kyiv after taking refuge in a bomb shelter as the war with Russia rages on.
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Ukrainian citizen and social worker Natalia Gusak joined “Fox & Friends Weekend” on Sunday to share her experience, detailing her harrowing journey to safety over the weekend as blasts continue to rock various cities across the country.
“I wish I had never experienced this,” Gusak said. “We left… Kyiv hospital at seven in the morning, and we were trying to get to western Ukraine. Usually it takes about four hours by road, but that day it was about 4 or 2 p.m.… It wasn’t sure.”
“There was shelling around us and there were explosions,” she continued.
Gusak said she was forced to leave the nation’s capital to receive necessary medical care for her son, who was being treated for COVID-19.
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“Now I’m better and feel safer with my son here because I’m in western Ukraine,” Gusak said.
“It was impossible to get the necessary care there, that’s why…we left the place and were driving to western Ukraine just to get medical help here,” said- she continued.
The United Nations estimates that more than 150,000 Ukrainians have fled the country to seek safety as Russian forces continue to try to take control of the country.
That number could climb to four million people, experts warn.
Ukrainians are fleeing to neighboring countries Poland, Moldova, Hungary, Romania and Slovakia.
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“It was really dangerous,” Gusak said. “And there were traffic jams for miles…we were moving so slowly towards this bomb and these explosions.”
Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced on Saturday that the United States would continue to support the Ukrainian resistance, sending an additional $350 million to bolster the defense forces.