Olga Voronina could no longer live in fear.

“Several times a day there were alarms ordering us to go to the shelter,” said the Ukrainian from Odessa.

When sirens howled, she and her husband would grab their two small children, their cats and vital belongings, and rush to an underground car park.

“It was really scary,” she said.

As war drew closer, things got even more tense. When news reached her that the city was about to be bombed, Voronina decided it was time to pack their bags and leave.