refugees in a Maltese hotel on the Ukrainian border
Some of the Ukrainians fleeing the war find refuge in a hotel located on the Ukrainian border in Romania, administered by a Maltese.
Speaking to The Times of Malta, one refugee said: ‘One moment you are in the comfort of your own home, the next a bomb is blowing up your world,’ a refugee said.
Another describes the situation. The 23rd, fear becomes more real. At 6:15 a.m., I picked up my phone. “Friends, the war has begun. At that moment, I lost control…”
“Russian soldiers don’t even want to fight. They call their mothers saying ‘this is not a drill. We are killing people, we are destroying cities, we are destroying a country’.”
To help the refugees, Ronald Agius, 74, from Sliema, has provided free accommodation and hot meals at the hotel he administers to weary women and children who have poured in from Ukraine and neighboring Romania since the war broke out last month.
He said: “The situation is terrible. They [the Ukrainian people] was unprepared for what happened and what is still happening – I knew I had to do something.
Before the Russian invasion, the hotel would never drop below 60% capacity. It hosted visiting dignitaries, and on weekends, Agius says, it was reserved for weddings and parties.
It now provides shelter for refugees.
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