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Refugee arrivals slump and Ukrainian neighbors scramble to find shelter

  • Neighbors report slow arrivals
  • Large cities in recipient countries under maximum tension
  • Czechs demand modular shelter from EU for 50,000 refugees

Przemysl, Poland / Isaccea, Romania, March 12 (Reuters)-Ukraine neighbors reported a decline in refugee numbers on Saturday. in front.

Arrivals were still built on an influx that overwhelmed the borders of Eastern Europe and the metropolitan areas where most refugees headed, overwhelming volunteers, non-governmental organizations and authorities.

According to the Polish Border Guard, 76,200 people arrived on Friday, a 12% decrease from the previous day. Slovak police reported a similar number decline to 9,581, with arrivals in Romania down 22% to 16,348.

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Elena Pugacheva, a 52-year-old psychologist in the Ukrainian port city of Odessa, held back tears after getting off the ferry that she had crossed the Donau River to Romania.

“I can’t speak without tears, I’m sorry, but my country is really sorry, and no one could expect this … they’re bombing Kharkov, they’re bombing Mykolaiv, it’s from Odessa It’s only 120 kilometers and it hurts inside. “

Wojciech Bakun, mayor of Przemysl, a city of 60,000 near the Polish border crossing, said the number of arrivals had dropped from 23,000 the day before to about 18,000 in the past day, with a peak of over 50,000. rice field.

He said he needed help preparing accommodation for 2,000-3,000 people.

“I have a building, but it needs work. I need 10 to 20 million zloty ($ 2.3 million to $ 4.6 million). There are other needs, so I can’t afford this from the local government budget. No, it could be from the European Union, or from the government. “

Veronika Zhushman, 32, who was traveling with her 6-year-old daughter, mother and sister from Vasiliky in the Kyiv region, spent the night at a high school sports gym in the city.

She was awakened early Saturday morning by another refugee cell phone warning about the bombing.

“I haven’t slept well since the invasion began … I was worried again after the alarm went off,” she said.

As the fighting intensified near Kyiv on Saturday, Ukrainian officials endanger attempts to evacuate desperate civilians from surrounded towns and cities by the threat of heavy bombardment and Russian air raids. Said.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees UNHCR reported that as of Friday, about 2.6 million people had fled Ukraine, of which 1.6 million were heading to Poland.

Refugees are aiming for a city with a well-established Ukrainian community and a high probability of finding a job.

Refugees make up more than 10% of the population in Warsaw, the capital of 1.8 million cities before Russia’s attack, the mayor said Friday.

Czechs ask EU partners for help

Hungary has accepted more than 230,000 refugees, with 10,530 arriving on Friday. Romania reported 380,866 people, including 16,348 on Friday.

Slovakia reported the arrival of 185,660 people, most of whom continued their further journey to the west.

Western routes often go to the Czech Republic, and on Friday authorities estimated the number of refugees to be 200,000.

On Saturday, the country requested EU partners to provide modular housing to protect 50,000 refugees. Refugees will also be held in gyms, halls and, in some cases, tent camps, Interior Minister Vit Rakusan told news agency CTK.

Czech police say refugees about fraudsters getting personal data that could be misused to process visas, provide other financial assistance, steal money, or launder money. Warned.

Russia calls its actions in Ukraine a special military operation to disarm its neighbors and drive away “neonazi” leaders. Kyiv and its western allies say this is an unfounded excuse to invade a country of 44 million people.

($ 1 = 4.3794 zloty)

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Written by Mari Saito of Przemysl, Anna Koper and Kacper Pempel of Warsaw, Louisa Ily of Bucharest, Robert Mueller of Prague, Christina Tan of Budapest, Jan Lopatka, edited by Ross Russell

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