how Kazan met refugees from Mariupol

  • Friday. April 1. 21:00. The headquarters of the Ministry of Emergency Situations has already been deployed at Kazan-1 station and 14 buses have been lined up waiting for 502 IDPs who hid in the Mariupol bomb shelters a week ago. Hundreds of volunteers, medics, psychological workers, the Ministry of Labor and Social Protection of the Republic of Tatarstan, etc. are also coming to the meeting place. Everyone is waiting for a special train from Taganrog, whose arrival time, by the way, changed throughout the day.

  • And here are the officials of the republic! Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Tatarstan Rustam Nigmatullin stated that the refugees will be sent to the sanatoriums “Santa”, “Vasilyevsky”, “Pearl” and the hostel “KAMAZzhilbyta”. “The newcomers will go to temporary accommodation where everything they need is, including food and basic necessities. Medical assistance will be provided on the spot to all those who need it, “said the Deputy Prime Minister. The Tatarstan authorities will also assist in the employment of migrants.

  • Journalists were not allowed to the passengers of the train, enclosing the territory with fences and “walls” of volunteers.

  • And only by 23:00 the long-awaited lineup appeared on the horizon. Hundreds of volunteers and employees of the Ministry of Emergency Situations immediately rushed to meet the passengers.

  • About a hundred children were evacuated from Mariupol, most of them at a very young age. But, as Nigmatullin assured, everyone will be placed in kindergartens and schools.

  • Wheelchairs were prepared for people with limited mobility and taken directly to the bus. Officially, there were 12 such people, but many elderly people also needed the help of volunteers.

  • And here are the first children who managed to get acquainted with the forces of the Ministry of Emergencies of Tatarstan.

  • Most of the refugees thanked Kazan for the meeting, saying that they had arrived well, that they had been fed, but because of fatigue they did not stop near the numerous journalists, only silently waving their hands at the cameras. It is understandable that after a month in the bomb shelters and basements it will take a long time to recover. “There is no more home, everything burned down,” some say about their homeland.

  • Peter Bocharov – a resident of Verkhny Toretsk, not far from Gorlovka. A widower, and his son is now on a special operation in the ranks of the DNR army. “We drove for 30 hours, fed well. I have no home left, nothing. Here’s my bag – it’s all my stuff. I am a widower, my son in the DNR. What is the situation at home, I do not know. Five days ago there were still fights there, “he said.

  • Refugees were distributed on buses for more than two hours. Many of them admit that they still know nothing about Kazan and Tatarstan. But some are well acquainted with the republic from books and the Internet. They hope to adapt quickly and start working. Internally displaced people in Mariupol worked in factories, various enterprises, in trade. Older citizens will go on a well-deserved vacation.

  • The settlers did not leave pets. On the contrary, there were many of them, at least among the refugees from the first “echelon” of buses. “How was it taken out? Yes in your hands! ” – the owners tell us. One of the dachshunds, by the way, is called Methodius.

  • “We are from Mariupol. There are fights, we left the city about a week ago. We came out of the bomb shelter, we were escorted by the Deeners. Nobody told us we had to evacuate. We evacuated ourselves at our own risk. We came from the bomb shelter, 14 people. Among us were men with very young children, held in their arms, right under the bombing. And we, the old men, concluded this column. About 7 kilometers went from the bomb shelter from the Left Bank to Vinogradny, where we were met by the Deeners. At the moment we have no one, we are going to stay here as long as possible. I have a daughter, a son-in-law and a granddaughter, but I don’t know where they are, we broke up more than a month ago, “he said. Zinaida Mikhailenko.

  • Refugees were given cakes on arrival. They had very few things with them. They must all be provided for by the federal budget.

  • Refugees were taken out of buses by one or two people, sometimes by families, so as not to gather hustle and bustle and not to forget to mark absolutely all those who arrived. So their meeting dragged on for hours. But if it were not for this order, everything would be much longer and more complicated.

  • However, if at the meeting of journalists someone smiled, then the buses were already full of sadness and longing for the house, which is no more.

  • Buses were accompanied by traffic police cars with flashing lights to ensure safety from the Kazan-1 station to the destination.

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