In the city of Sumy, in northeastern Ukraine, more than 800 medical students are stranded at their university, officials said, after Russian forces hindered access to roads and trains. Explosions close to the university have made power outages and bomb shelter visits a daily occurrence.
The students, who are mostly from African countries and India, make up a large population of people stuck in Sumy, which is about 40 miles from the Russian border.
“We don’t know when help is going to come, we don’t know how we are going to get out of the city,” said Michael, a third-year medical student from Ghana who asked that his last name not be used because he feared for his safety. “We don’t really have proper food. I’m basically eating biscuits.”
“Almost everybody in this city is stuck here,” said Wireko Andrew Awuah, a fifth-year medical student at Sumy State University who is also from Ghana. He added that some embassies have tried to get students out of the city since the invasion began, but without success. “It’s always one answer,” Mr. Awuah said. “The roads are blocked and they are not safe.”
Andrii Loboda, the director of the academic and research Medical Institute of Sumy State University, said he appealed to international aid groups for a humanitarian corridor to let students pass. In the meantime, Mr. Loboda has urged all students to shelter in place.