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I fled from Ukraine with my newborn by walking to safety in 27-hour ordeal after she was born while bombs rained down

ONE couple fled Ukraine with their newborn by running to safety in a 27-hour ordeal while bombs rained down on the land.

Jessie and Jacob Boeckmann made the trip on foot to the Ukrainian-Polish border in freezing temperatures after the traffic came to a standstill.

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Jessie and Jacob Boeckmann went to Kiev to pick up their new daughterCredit: Jessie Boeckmann
Their baby was just two days old when the couple fled Ukraine

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Their baby was just two days old when the couple fled UkraineCredit: Jessie Boeckmann
The scene near the Ukraine-Poland border as thousands flee

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The scene near the Ukraine-Poland border as thousands fleeCredit: Jessie Boeckmann

The Boeckmann’s had traveled from their home in California to Ukraine to meet their daughter Vivian, who had been born two days earlier via a surrogate.

They had drawn attention to the growing tensions between Russia and Ukraine, but made the decision to travel and bring their daughter back.

But when they woke up Thursday morning to the sound of explosions, they knew they had to flee.

Their journey began with a man who speaks only Russian with the intention of driving them to the American embassy in Lviv.

But what took six or seven hours turned into a 27-hour nightmare.

It took four hours only to get out of Kiev, as cars with others seeking to flee caused massive traffic jams.

When the Boeckmanns finally got close to the border, there was nowhere for their car to go. They slept in the car at night.

They finally came to a complete standstill about eight kilometers from the border. So they got out and started running.

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The temperature was just below freezing when they began their trek.

Jessie told The Los Angeles Times she and Jacob checked on Vivian every few minutes or so to make sure she was still alive.

“What have I done to my sweet angel?” Jessie remembers thinking, speaking to The Los Angeles Times.

“This may be the worst decision I’ve ever made.”

Eventually, they reached a very busy border filled with people fleeing, but also with Ukrainian guards with guns.

Jessie and Vivian were allowed through after nearly three hours of waiting and pushing. But Jacob was not.

He and Jessie begged guards on both sides of the gates because he was carrying the suitcases with Vivian’s formula and she had to eat.

Eventually, guards agreed to hand the bag over the gate to Jessie and Vivian. But Jacob was still stuck on the other side.

Jessie and Vivian broke habits and called their mother back to Arkansas.

Meanwhile, Jacob was still on the other side turned away by guards, despite having a valid American passport.

After hours of back and forth and begging, Jacob was sent to a closed entrance and was finally reunited with his family, more than 27 hours after their journey began.



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