Foreign Students Fleeing Ukraine Complain Of Racism

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As the Russian invasion of Ukraine continues, foreign students attempting to leave the country say they are experiencing racist treatment by Ukrainian security forces and border officials.

One African medical student told CNN that she and other foreigners were ordered off the public transit bus at a checkpoint between Ukraine and Poland border.

They were told to stand aside as the bus drove off with only Ukrainian nationals on board, she says.

Rachel Onyegbule, a Nigerian first-year medical student in Lviv was left stranded at the border town of Shehyni, some 400 miles from Ukraine’s capital, Kyiv.

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She told CNN: “More than 10 buses came and we were watching everyone leave. We thought after they took all the Ukrainians they would take us, but they told us we had to walk, that there were no more buses and told us to walk.”

“My body was numb from the cold and we haven’t slept in about 4 days now. Ukrainians have been prioritized over Africans — men and women — at every point. There’s no need for us to ask why. We know why. I just want to get home,” Onyegbule told CNN in a telephone call Sunday as she waited in line at the border to cross into Poland.

Allegations of violence

Saakshi Ijantkar, a fourth-year medical student from India, also shared her ordeal with CNN Monday via a phone call from Lviv, western Ukraine.

“There are three checkposts we need to go through to get to the border. A lot of people are stranded there. They don’t allow Indians to go through.

CNN has been unable to confirm the identities or affiliations of the people who operated the checkpoints, but Ijantkar said they were all wearing uniforms.

They allow 30 Indians only after 500 Ukrainians get in. To get to this border you need to walk 4 to 5 kilometers from the first checkpoint to the second one. Ukrainians are given taxis and buses to travel, all other nationalities have to walk. They were very racist to Indians and other nationalities,'” the 22-year-old from Mumbai told CNN.

She added that she witnessed violence from the guards to the students waiting at the Ukrainian side of the Shehyni-Medyka border.

Ukrainian men aged between 18 and 60 are no longer allowed to leave the country, but that decree does not extend to men who are foreign nationals.

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  1. Nudge and not fooled that Russian/Chinese Kool-Aid working well on you all. You have an opinion on every world event. Everything you post has a conspiratory tone. You enjoy living such a negative life ?

  2. Seen on the internet:

    “Russia has already been cut off from CNN, Pornhub and Facebook. The US is now working on depriving Russians of MacDonalds and CocaCola. If they keep going with these sanctions, Russians will soon be among the healthiest, well adjusted and best informed people on the planet.”

    • Nudge your stupidity knows no bounds. You immerse yourself in comedic drivell and try to pass it off as knowledge & information. Is it the guy’s accent that draws you to “play audience” to his 3 hours of B.S.? Your behavior is akin to a child attracted to a shiny object, or a fly to fresh $hit. Keep looking little boy, the truth is out there.

      • Yo Shinning Star, I agree with you. Just show them all your purple knives de Russians tell us you have stokepile and all dem ppl children will know what you can do.

  3. THE BACK STORIES TO RUSSIA’S INVASION OF UKRAINE (which the presstitutes will never broadcast):

    I had to laugh at this article…when things get too hot for the “empire of lies,” they launch a story about “racism” to distract the sheep…funny!

    Here’s what precipitated CCN’s “la-gee-geet” about racism; they are trying to cover up their crimes against Russia & humanity:

    And here’s why Uncle Sam started acting like the “Colossus of Rhodes” when dealing with Russia & why the US got so surprised at Russia’s reactions to the US’ naked hubris, by affirming her sovereignty against the nazis in Ukraine, and seeking legally binding assurances for her security from the US & NATO:

  4. Not fooled go join the Russian fight then and you can start by killing all the women of child bearing age and the children before they grow up to become racist Nationalists Nazis. Not fooled but you believed some sh!t you watched on YouTube jack^ss

  5. Nothing new here. It’s the go to move in the “black minority play book”. When things not going your way. first Whine, bitch, bawl, then bellow Racism!

  6. Not tooled congrats on taking that step away from media mass formation psychosis. The moment they start bombarding you with a story you better know it ain’t true. If historically neutral Switzerland that supports dictators and murderous regimes can actually sanction Russia then the story is not what they are telling you. The government has been in bed with radicals and Nazis for years. If they are committing genocide against their own people in Eastern Ukraine, what chance do brown skinned people have? Their president is a comedian and actor btw.

  7. No surprise there. After watching the documentary ‘Ukraine Under Fire’ on YouTube….I finally understand what is happening over there….. Nationalists….Nazi…. racist people. We need to stop allowing ourselves to be fed and brainwashed and see who these people really are and what they have been doing for decades.

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