After fleeing Mariupol, sisters hope for reunion with mother they left behind

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KYIV (Reuters) – A month after fleeing the besieged Ukrainian city of Mariupol with her sister, 21-year-old Nicole breaks down in tears as she thinks of her mother, who they left behind and have since lost contact with. She, sister Vira and Vira’s four-year-old son made their escape on foot on April 1, the first part of a five-day odyssey that ended in the southern town of Zaporizhzia, having left a note for their mother on the table of apartment. They spoke to her twice in mid-April but have been out of contact since then and, with the southeastern port city having been subject to relentless …

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