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 Post subject: The expat Scots caught up in the Ukraine invasion
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The expat Scots caught up in the Ukraine invasion


Two expat Scots have given a remarkable insight into the fear and chaos that has engulfed Ukraine since the Russian invasion last week.

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Stuart McKenzie managed to cross the border into Poland but Sean Cusik is still looking for a way out as the situation deteriorates.

Both men told BBC Scotland how their lives have been turned upside down in just a few days.

'An old lady died in front of my brother's car'
Stuart McKenzie says he was one of the fortunate few who was able to leave Ukraine within 24 hours of the invasion - a move that was only possible because he got up early and lived next to a motorway.

It took nine hours for the businessman to drive his wife, Lena, and their young children into Poland on Friday and they have since secured a room in a hotel.

However, he fears resources in Poland are running short - and his brother's family are among the millions still trying to leave Ukraine by car.

"It's going so slow," said Stuart. "People are in queues for four days, sleeping in their cars and cold."

"They can't afford to even put their cars on because they can't afford to burn the fuel because there's no fuel - even when you get over the border to Poland those stations are out of fuel."

'It is not really safe to go out at all'
Last week Sean Cusik cut short a BBC Scotland interview when he heard a tank approaching.

He was speaking from his home in in Kharkiv - about 24 miles (40km) from Ukraine's eastern border.

Russian troops are now inside the country's second-largest city where they are fighting Ukrainian soldiers on the streets.

And Ukraine's interior ministry said dozens of civilians were killed in Kharkiv on Monday in Russian missile strikes.

Sean is currently stranded with his wife and two-year-old son.

He told BBC Radio Scotland that the situation was getting worse after he emerged from a shelter to return home.

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