Ukrainian refugees fleeing Russian assault could overwhelm Moldova

This story was produced in partnership with the Pulitzer Center.

CHISINAU, Moldova – The hem of her purple skirt brushing the tiled floor as she paced, Kristina Paleshev cradled her wailing infant daughter Maria and looked anxiously once again through the doorway.

Sitting at a table with aid workers, forms and documents spread before him, her husband, Oleksandr, once again explained what had happened: The Russian artillery shelling that killed their neighbor. The heartbreaking decision to abandon their home in Mykolaiv. The frightening eight-hour drive across western Ukraine to the Moldovan border. The car breakdown just as they arrived in Chisinau, the Moldovan capital. Their five kids who awake startled during the night at any loud noise, frightened they’re again under attack.

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