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While thousands of Ukrainians seek refuge in Poland, an American journalist and professional basketball player working in the eastern European country were among them and described their harrowing escapes after the country became a battleground while another basketball star remains stuck amid the war.
Independent journalist Manny Marotta escaped the war-torn country on foot after a stressful and cold 50-mile on-foot trek that he called his “only option” according to an interview with “Fox & Friends” on Sunday morning.
While trying to cover the tensions related to the possible invasion, he woke up one morning to air raid sirens. Traveling with a British journalist, they exhausted all other options before heading out on foot on what would be a “grueling trek” but one that he and many others were willing to take.
“It’s an extremely desolate environment out there, there’s really not much between Lviv and Poland at all. So you would see literally hundreds or thousands of people without any access to food, without any access to water, without any access to a toilet or shelter, in the middle of wintertime, who were walking down the road trying to get to Poland as fast as possible,” he recalled. “And it was harrowing, heartbreaking to see young children, older adults, trying to reach Poland, a long and grueling walk in wintertime without food or water.”
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Toure’ Murry, an American playing for the Ukrainian basketball league at the time the conflict broke out was also able to flee the country.
“It was just sitting outside in traffic all day and then walking to the border and standing outside for 14 hours plus in the cold, freezing, and just the ambiguity of not knowing what to do and not knowing if you’re going to see your family again – it was a very scary moment,” he told host Todd Piro.
“It’s been very difficult to just, you know, grasp everything,” the former Utah Jazz and New York Knicks player said. “It went from 7 in the morning, getting a text from my team, telling us to ‘get your bags, pack your things and let’s go.'”
“In that moment, I knew things were very serious,” he added. “From then on, that didn’t end until I got back to Houston today, last night at 10 p.m.”
Maurice ‘Mo’ Creek, a former George Washington University basketball player hasn’t been as lucky as Marotta and Murry and is still stuck in Ukraine, unable to leave.
“I’ve been hearing the bombs at night, the shooting at night, and it’s just terrifying for me to hear that,” he shared early Sunday morning with “Fox News Live” host Mike Emanuel according to a report by Fox News.
He did not leave the country earlier because his teammates didn’t think the invasion would actually happen and they wanted him to stay.
“Even though I thought that it would happen, they didn’t think it would, so they were basically holding me here, trying to see if it would happen, and I was trying to get out, but it never came to terms,” Creek said. “By the time it did come to terms, I was already stuck here.”
Social media lit up with comments condemning the men for not leaving the country earlier, while others were more gracious and were happy to see at least two of them reach safety.
Should have left when they were told..it’s not like they didn’t have any warning…I for one don’t feel any sympathy…pick up a rifle and help those people..
— Anthony (@Tonyculmone3) February 27, 2022
Mannn glad to see that boy made it home🙏🏾
— ✈DeCarlos✈ The Mean Green (@Only1MaineJer) February 27, 2022
Why didn’t you leave when Biden warned you?
— Deaf Girl (@deaf_girl27) February 27, 2022
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