PRZEMYSL, Poland – As Russian bombs rained down on the northeastern Ukrainian city of Kharkiv in early March, Zoya Mamatkulova and her mother packed up their bags, put their cat in a pet carrier and headed for Poland.
But after traveling across three countries, shuttling between refugee shelters and a relative’s house, the pair decided to go home — joining a growing number of Ukrainian refugees who are choosing to return as the war drags on.
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