/// Guide me wind, my land give me strength
At dawn on 24 February 2022, Russia launched a war against Ukraine as a continuation of an eight-year conflict after Russia occupied Crimea in 2014.
As a result of Putin's “peacekeeping” operation, which he claims has very clear and noble aims, evidence of mass graves, raped women, the use of banned weapons, is emerging.
Since then, the number of refugees who have left Ukraine is more than five million.
The majority of those displaced are women and children.
Getting out of the war zones is not easy because the Russian army often does not allow evacuations while firing on civilian convoys or opening up exit routes to Russia.
So far, nearly 100,000 people have been resettled from the occupied territories to the "member states of the Russian Federation": Siberia, the Far East, the North Caucasus, the heavily militarized republics of Chechnya, Ingushetia, and Dagestan. Many have chosen to travel through war zones with their children, on foot or by car, into insecurity.
The majority of refugees who reach safety are not prepared to start a new life.
Leaving their ordinary lives behind, they have had to leave everything, relatives and friends, behind overnight. Many packed their bags in minutes, living for days amidst constant gunfire and bombardment, not knowing whether the next rocket would kill them or their loved ones or not.
They don't even know how far they will get, what awaits them on the way, how they can go, where they can go, and what awaits them there. Whether their husbands, fathers, and parents will live to see another day and, if so, when they will see them next.They have to cope with weeks of terrible mental strain, fear, stress, and depression.
At the moment, it is not known exactly how many women are left alone after losing a partner, an elderly person's child, a child's mother, or father.
And this loss, which can affect entire generations, is growing by the day.