Ukrainian refugees who lost their homes and fled the war settled in the Polish capital. They were located in relief centers, and those who got back on their feet began to rent accommodation.
Ukrainian refugees who lost their homes and fled the war settled in the Polish capital. They were located in relief centers, and those who got back on their feet began to rent accommodation. Ukrainian Lyudmila, who lost her home in the Dnipro, settled near the "Solidarity" monument at the intersection of Świętokrzyska and Kopernika streets in Warsaw. Local services are helpless because the 42-year-old woman refuses to go to the shelter.
Lyudmila arrived in Warsaw on July 19. Her home was destroyed by the Russians when an enemy missile hit it one day. Because of the war, she lost a close friend. In search of a safe place, she came to Lviv, and from there headed to Poland. She was robbed at the train station in Warsaw. In a moment, a woman who used to be an employee of the bank (judging by the photos and the business card she showed to journalists) Lyudmila found herself on the street, without personal belongings and means of living.
Wandering around the city, her attention was drawn to the “Solidarity” monument, near which she felt at home. She says that she is "the queen of this city, and she has no plans to leave". She also categorically refuses to go to the shelter, because she has a bitter experience and does not see her stay there. She sees her future in Russia in the winter. The woman says that with the onset of cold weather, she will go to overthrow Putin, and later Lukashenka.
The owner of one of the Warsaw beauty salons helps her. A woman washes in her salon. She earns a living by collecting bottles, sometimes she is given food at the nearest McDonald's. The city guard tried to convince the woman to accept help and go to the homeless shelter. But the woman categorically refuses. And they cannot send Lyudmila there against her will. The woman does not drink, does not use drugs, and does not cling to the locals.