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Nathan Rossiter, 31, his Ukrainian wife Lena, 24, and son Leo, five, are unable to sleep as they wait to hear if they have been granted a visa to escape to the UK.

Mr Rossiter, from Harlow, Essex told the Standard of a 300-mile train dash from their home in Kharkiv to the capital Kiev on Monday to submit biometrics and supporting documents.

But as airlines cancel flights out, the website designer said: “We’ve done everything we can to get out as fast as possible. But it looks like we’re now in a warzone.

“It’s a worrying time – the last thing I wanted for Lena and Leo. Some flights leaving Ukraine are being cancelled.

“Leo doesn’t understand the concept of war, except for Fortnite. It’s on the news 24/7.

“We’re just trying to keep him distracted while we wait for a phone call from the Home Office or Foreign Office to say if we got a family visa.

A tank drives along a street in Donetsk

/ REUTERS

“All Leo wants to do is go out to play at the local adventure park on the trampoline and miniature cars.

“My mum in the UK is really, really scared. She wants to know where we are at all times.”

Melinda Simmons, the British ambassador to Ukraine, tweeted: “I continue to work in Lviv with my team.

“I strongly advise British nationals to leave the country while commercial travel is available.”

Mr Rossiter said when they arrived at TLS Contact, the UK visa application centre in Kiev, there was a large queue with some Britons waiting five hours to be processed.

He added: “They were running hours and hours behind schedule.

“We got there at 5pm and there were about 40 people outside. One British guy said his appointment was at midday. Fortunately, we were seen within three hours.”

Queue outside the UK visa application centre in Kiev

/ Supplied

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