'I need a driver's license to save my mom from Ukraine'

STORY: You're watching a woman being taught how to drive a car. The letter "L" on top means "learner's permit" in parts of Europe.

This is Poland.

Tetiana Harkusha is 27-years-old, used to work at an employment agency, and is on a mission: to get that driver's license, so that she can save her mother from her destroyed hometown of Chernihiv, Ukraine.

Her mother had stayed behind with her ailing father, who later died.

"She cried every day because my dad was still dying, as I said. And for me that was even more frightening than the war."

"Mom was left alone. Now she lives alone. I want to bring her here, but that's a bit tricky since these days she has some health issues.

"I really want to get a driving license. Now I'm going to school to get that driving license. Because I know mum wouldn't be able to come here by bus, having to travel all day. I hope my dreams will come true and I will go there in my own car."

"I can honestly tell you I had never driven a car before. I just started when I went to the driving school. It was hard at first because just two years ago I was saying I would never drive."

"When I'm driving with an instructor I do everything right, it's just when I'm driving with the examiner something just starts... I don't know. Maybe I don't notice something, miss some road sign or something else. In my head I know 'you must stop here, give way there' and so on. I need to be a bit less nervous."

Reuters first met Harkusha last April at this bus stop in Poland. While millions of Ukrainians were fleeing to Poland, she was boarding a bus in the other direction - trying to get back in. She told us at the time how half her town was destroyed and had no water, no power, nothing, but she was going to visit her parents.

Fast forward to a year later. She's back in Poland and trying to get that license again. Can she do it?

"Today I tried 10 times. Well, today's just not my day. Next time it'll be good."

She won't give up.