A vacation on the sunny beaches of Egypt's Red Sea resort of Hurghada turned into a grim nightmare for nearly 100 Ukrainian tourists now stuck in the coastal city, following an all-out Russian assault of Ukraine on February 24.
Ukrainian tourists gathered to watch the news and communicate with their friends and family members back home, with some crying and others thinking of the days ahead.
Egypt said all tourists impacted by the ongoing assault and the closure of airspace over the two countries, whether Russian or Ukrainian, are allowed to stay in the hotels until they manage to fly back safely to their countries, a statement by the tourism ministry said earlier.
The ministry did not mention if the tourists would be charged for their extended stays.
"Russian mothers please do not let your sons go to war. I'm begging (Russian President Vladimir) Putin and (President of Belarus Alexander) Lukashenko to stop this war," Ukrainian tourist, Elena, said.
Russia calls its actions in Ukraine a "special operation” that it says is not designed to occupy territory but to destroy its southern neighbour's military capabilities and capture what it regards as dangerous nationalists.