A MUM will beg a judge today to return her passport so she can try to reach her daughter in Ukraine.
Olga Khomengo, who had to abandon one rescue mission last week, needs court permission to travel to the war zone while she is on bail facing a criminal charge.
The 34-year-old doctor said: “I have to try to rescue her. Even if we are then killed by Putin’s bombs, at least she will be in her mother’s arms.”
Her petrified child, who has dual Ukrainian and British nationality, is sheltering from artillery fire in a basement with her elderly grandmother.
Last week, Olga was given a 72-hour bail window to allow her to leave London and save her little girl from Kyiv.
Olga could not reach her within the time constraints, becoming trapped for more than 24 hours at the Ukraine border amid the chaos.
After taking off from Gatwick in the early hours last Tuesday, she landed in Krakow, Poland, and made her way to the border town of Shehyni.
But Olga said: “Refugees arriving said it would take at least three days to get to Kyiv. I returned to beg for time.”
Today, she will ask to have her passport returned again so that she can embark on the perilous mission once more.
Olga, who faces a charge that does not involve violence, added: “I will give the courts anything at all for them to give me my passport back and save my daughter. If they want my arm, they can have my arm.”
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If St Albans crown court allows it, she will travel back to Shehyni and hitch a lift, adding: “Cars and buses are heading to the border with people trying to flee.
“They are heading back to Kyiv once men have dropped off wives and children.
“I will be able to get a lift.
“I have a yellow chicken teddy for my daughter in a pink jumper. She will love it.”
EXCLUSIVE by Sarah Ridley
A GRAN is taking three weeks’ unpaid leave from the NHS to work in a refugee camp.
Nurse Wendy Warrington, 55, and two medical students fly on Sunday to Przemysl in Poland, near the Ukraine border.
Wendy, who speaks Polish, will have two suitcases full of medical supplies and £4,500 of donated cash.
Wendy, from Bury, said: “I felt powerless and useless being here.”
She added: “My eldest grandchild has made me promise not to cross the Ukrainian border.”
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