In another shelter, Rostislav Bogdana had taken shelter with his six-month-old son, Yan. He admitted that he just didn’t believe the Russians were going to invade.
“There was a lot of information…we didn’t know what to say or do. We didn’t think it would actually happen. If we had believed it, we would have already left,” he said ruefully. At this point, they had been hiding inside the subway station since 5 a.m. – for eight hours.
“We have a few pieces of bread to eat, and some water, and that’s it – as well as a few diapers,” Mr Bogdana said. “We didn’t expect to spend so much time here. We thought we’d check the situation and go home.”
When asked what he plans to do next, he admitted he just wasn’t sure what was best for his family. Like exhausted and terrified teenagers in other shelters, he didn’t seem to be thinking clearly. “I don’t know what plans I may have, I don’t know what the next step is. I’m a little nervous,” he said.
There were huge traffic jams snaking west towards the city of Lviv on Thursday as residents tried to flee unsuccessfully – either they got stuck in traffic for so long they gave up, or they ran out of gas.
On the other side of the station, a group of young people were playing cards to distract themselves from the misery above ground. “We heard the sirens and assumed the subway was the best shelter,” one said. “Some of us want to leave the city, but some of us are from Kyiv. So we have nowhere to go.”