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Wheelchair users are lifted on to train carriages as they flee their homes in Donbas, Ukraine

Poignant footage shows wheelchair users being lifted onto train carriages as they flee their homes in Donbas after more than three months as Russian troops advance

  • Depicted in wheelchairs being hoisted onto trains in war-torn Donbas
  • Buses brought dozens of citizens from Lysychansk, Donetsk and Severodonetsk
  • Mothers were pictured with babies while others had cats in baskets

Amid a lull in the massacre, disabled people were lifted high on train cars to flee their homes.

After more than three months of conflict, the war has finally become too much for them.

At Pokrovsk station in war-torn Donbas, hundreds of desperate faces tried to board the train to flee Vladimir Putin’s brutal advance into eastern Ukraine.

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Buses brought citizens of all ages from Lysychansk, Donetsk and Severodonetsk.

They carried overloaded bags, cats in baskets and babies. Among the crowd were sisters Yeva, six, and Katia, ten.

Amid a lull in the massacre, 81-year-old Raise from Lysychansk is lifted high on a rail car at Pokrovsk station in war-torn Donbas, Ukraine

Amid a lull in the massacre, 81-year-old Raise from Lysychansk is lifted high on a rail car at Pokrovsk station in war-torn Donbas, Ukraine

Villagers from surrounding areas, including those with medical problems, are pictured boarding a refugee train to Lviv

Villagers from surrounding areas, including those with medical problems, are pictured boarding a refugee train to Lviv

They started asking their father if they would survive, so he decided it was time to escape.

‘If you have nerves of iron and you are an adult, then somehow you can continue to live there. But not my children,’ said Olexander, not his real name, as they made their way to Lviv.

“We could see the explosions from the shells about a quarter of a mile from our house. The kids were nervous all the time.’

Marharyta, 26, held her son Maksym, one, as she dragged a pram up the stairs.

Her six-year-old son Mykyta followed her.

Margarita, 26, and her one-year-old Maksym pictured at the train station in Pokrovsk, after they were helped to flee the Donbas town of Slovyansk, which faces increasing Russian shelling

Margarita, 26, and her one-year-old Maksym pictured at the train station in Pokrovsk, after they were helped to flee the Donbas city of Slovyansk, which faces increasing Russian shelling

Two-year-old Valeria with her mother Anna, 33. They fled their frontline village house for the second time, following a renewed Russian wave in the area.  They leave behind the distraught father and husband, 34-year-old Zakir and grandmother Olga

Two-year-old Valeria with her mother Anna, 33. They fled their frontline village house for the second time, following a renewed Russian wave in the area. They leave behind the distraught father and husband, 34-year-old Zakir and grandmother Olga

They fled Sloviansk, west of Severodonetsk, and joined more than 7.7 million Ukrainians who have now fled.

On the platform, 64-year-old cancer patient Halyna was hoisted onto the train by the staff with a sling.

She needs urgent medical attention after being evacuated from Bakhmut by the British charity RefugEase.

Pokrovsk was shelled twice last week.

The attacks raised fears that Kramatorsk, where Russian missiles were to hit the train station in April, could be a repeat of Kramatorsk, which killed 59 would-be refugees.

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