"We aren't even able to contact family members"
In a harrowing video shared online, Bangladeshi migrants claim they are being forcibly held hostage in a Ukrainian camp.
The camp which InfoMigrants have confirmed to be in Kivertsi is getting targeted by the Russian airforce.
In the emotional video, Bangladeshi national Riyadul Malik explains his situation with three others behind him.
He details the conditions of their camp and how they have tried to flee the situation.
However, Riyadul states how the Ukrainian guards restrict their attempts and are being told they cannot leave whilst others do so:
“One of [the guards] is standing at the door because they took all our phones. We hid the mobile we are using now.
“This [migrant] camp is under the control of the Ukrainian army and the Russians are bombing it from the air.
“We are all very scared for our lives and about 100 people [non-Ukrainians] are being held hostage here.
“During the night we can hear the sound of bombs and bullets, they [Ukrainian army] even switched the lights off.
“Usually, we live with three people in a room but they are keeping more than 10 of us in a room now, and they tortured us because I uploaded a video and shared it.
“All the other migrant camps have been destroyed except this one. We don’t know what’s going to happen to us.
“I am asking you all to please rescue us from this situation as we do not feel safe for a single moment.
“Our mistake was we tried to trespass the border illegally, although I have been living here for more than 15 months.”
“In other camps, they were allowed to leave but here they’re not letting us. We aren’t even able to contact family members.”
Watch the emotional video in full
The Bangladeshi migrants in Ukraine are another community that is attempting to escape the conflict in the country.
However, there have been many reports where South Asians in Ukraine have found opportunities difficult to come by.
The Bangladesh Ambassador, Sultana Laila Hossain, is coordinating government efforts to rescue the stranded citizens from Ukraine.
She estimates that over 1,400 Bangladeshi migrants stayed in Ukraine before the war began but is fighting to save as many people as possible, revealing:
“Bangladesh embassy officials have also been roaming around the Poland-Ukraine border checkpoints to help citizens come to Poland.”
Hopefully, Sultana and the thousands trying to assist these victims to escape the war are successful.