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As the Russian invasion into Ukraine continues, those on the ground have been filming footage of their distressing experiences and sharing them on social media for the world to see.

One of those pressing the "Record" button is a 19-year-old woman who was forced to flee Ukraine with her family but devastatingly had to leave her pastor father behind due to the Ukrainian government's new wartime laws which ban men between the ages of 18-60 from leaving the country.

TikToker Diana Totok (@diana_totok) filmed the heartbreaking moment she and her 17-year-old sister Darina tearfully said their goodbyes to their father through the wire fence at the Romania–Ukraine border after seeking refuge in the neighbouring nation.

Speaking to The Guardian,Totok expressed her agony at having to leave her father behind, she said: “I was crying and having a panic attack … I was so frustrated and scared."

“Still to this moment I’m not sure if I’m going to see him [again] or not," she added.

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In the video, Totok's father can be seen leaning through the fence to kiss his daughters' foreheads which is where the video ends and the family said goodbye alone in privacy.


@diana_totok

Thank you to Romania

Since posting the moment on February 28th, it has been viewed over 19.8m times, with tens of thousands of comments from people all over the globe sending their prayers and well wishes to Totok and her family.

Another video from Totok shows a series of compiled clips as events unfolded - from the moment she packed her suitcase and froze at the sound of planes nearby to getting emotional about leaving her home and pets to travelling via train to make it past the Romanian border with her sister and mother Svetlana.

This particular video also went viral on the social media platform with 17.2m views.

She described her situation as "just like a horror movie," and explained her filming helped "put everything that's going on my mind in order."



@diana_totok

Thank you to Romania for helping Ukrainians 🇷🇴💪🇺🇦



In a follow-up to this, Totok shared with viewers how she has been keeping in contact with her father who is still in Ukraine via video call.

The video shows one of her family members doing a heart hand sign gesture to their father on the phone who appears to be smiling at his loved ones.

The TikTok explained how the family tries to keep in contact with him "once every six or so hours, just so we know that he’s still alive."

@diana_totok

Talking to my dad. He’s in Ukraine we’re in Romania 🇺🇦🇷🇴


Now, Totok along with her mother and sister are currently staying in a flat with other refugees in Romania, and she is helping to raise funds for Ukrainians by using her platform to share where people can donate by including a link in her bio.

Totok also acknowledged the historic importance her footage will have in the future when society looks back at the conflict.

“In the second world war, there was no gadgets and no filming … I knew that these videos would be like, historic,” she said. “I thought, ‘I’m going to show these videos to my kids and say that that’s what we had to go through’.”

While we don't know what will happen as the conflict continues, one thing is for certain - Totok is determined to return home when it's all over.

"I am planning to go back home to Ukraine as soon as war ends. [I] will help rebuild the country," she told one commenter.

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