The Russian guards at the country’s border with Estonia had questions for Katya Aksenko and her aging parents when they arrived there at the end of April. Did they have relatives in the Ukrainian army? Or the police? Or the government?
In the previous several weeks, the members of the Aksenko family had fled a bomb shelter near their home in the southern Ukrainian city of Mariupol, passed through a Russian filtration camp and embarked on a roughly 1,000-mile journey through Russian-held Ukrainian territory and Russia itself.