Ukrainians find shelter from Russian hotelier

 Wednesday, March 30, 2022 


Mikhail Golubtsov, a Russian hotel owner has persuaded him and his family to take in 34 Ukrainians fleeing the war. Mr. Golubtsov, who was a former construction engineer left his home country in 2014 over Moscow’s “unacceptable” annexation of Crimea, and now runs a modest but cosy hotel in the green hills of central Serbia.

Mr. Golubtsov’s guests at the Serbian inn were mostly from the urban regions of the country on weekend trips to the countryside. Now most rooms are taken up by Ukrainian refugees, who can stay at the hotel free of charge, for as long as they need.

He said that the first 7 refugees arrived at his inn were recommended to his place by a friend. After the word spread, more people started coming to his place to seek refuge. The children like his place enjoyed the sunlight and played with dogs forgetting the shadow of war in their country.

People were distraught as the war is razing in Ukraine. People describe how the Ukrainian families were forced to part at the Romanian border. Ukraine government has banned able bodied men from leaving the country.

The United Nations reports states that 3.8 million Ukrainians have fled abroad since the war began, most of them to Poland and Romania. Only around 2,500 have come to Serbia so far, mostly as a stopover on their journey to western Europe.

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