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Ukraine war

How I become a war refugee: Diary of a Ukrainian journalist

Former life in Kyiv 'a distant past, almost like a dream'

Ukrainians waiting to cross over into Romania. (Photo by Oksana Grytsenko)

As Russia's invasion of Ukraine continues and the number of civilian casualties pile up, the United Nations estimates that more than 4 million people will be displaced from Ukraine in the coming weeks, making this the biggest postwar refugee crisis in Europe.

Until very recently, Oksana Grytsenko lived in Kyiv and had worked as journalist for more than 20 years. She is now a refugee, after waiting hours to cross the border into Romania just a day after the Russian invasion on Feb. 24. She reflects on her experience with a "strange mixture of shock and shame" in edited excerpts from her private notes here.

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