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Ukrainian refugees with EU government support in fleeing their country: Picture Show: NPR


March 12: The family takes a bus to the Polish border in Lviv, Ukraine.

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March 12: The family takes a bus to the Polish border in Lviv, Ukraine.

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Ukrainians have already traveled to the EU without a visa and were able to stay for 90 days. Currently, under the EU’s “Temporary Protection Directive”, Ukrainian citizens who have fled as a result of the invasion, and their partners and children of all nationalities, are permitted. Stay in EU countries for one year.

If Ukraine remains dangerous, its status could eventually be extended to three years.

The EU government is expected to at least help Ukrainians find housing and enable them to work, go to school, benefit from social welfare and receive routine medical care.

They can apply for asylum at any time, and if Ukraine becomes safe again, EU countries are expected to help them return if they so desire.

Let’s take a look at the past few days on the ground.


March 12: The family takes a bus to the Polish border in Lviv, Ukraine.

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March 12: The family takes a bus to the Polish border in Lviv, Ukraine.

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March 12: People sit on a fountain near the city council in Lviv, western Ukraine, and speak near the wrapped statue of Diana.

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March 12: People sit on a fountain near the city council in Lviv, western Ukraine, and speak near the wrapped statue of Diana.

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March 12: Mother and son are sleeping in the family area while waiting to catch the train to Poland in Lviv, Ukraine.

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March 12: Mother and son are sleeping in the family area while waiting to catch the train to Poland in Lviv, Ukraine.

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March 10: A Ukrainian woman who fled the war in her own country evacuated to the main hall of an athletic facility in the capital of Moldova, Chisnau (Chisinau).

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March 10: A Ukrainian woman who fled the war in her own country evacuated to the main hall of an athletic facility in the capital of Moldova, Chisnau (Chisinau).

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March 11: Ukrainians in a pit in Lviv, following an air raid warning during Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in Lviv, Ukraine.

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March 11: Ukrainians in a pit in Lviv, following an air raid warning during Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in Lviv, Ukraine.

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March 11: A man in a bunker for refugees in Kyiv, Ukraine.

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March 11: A man in a bunker for refugees in Kyiv, Ukraine.

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March 11: People at the Refugee Center in Kyiv, Ukraine.

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March 11: People at the Refugee Center in Kyiv, Ukraine.

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March 12: Residents are trying to strengthen the walls of houses damaged by recent bombardment in the suburbs of Kyiv.

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March 12: Residents are trying to strengthen the walls of houses damaged by recent bombardment in the suburbs of Kyiv.

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March 12: Ukrainian soldiers leave the damaged building after bombarding in Kyiv.

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March 12: Ukrainian soldiers leave the damaged building after bombarding in Kyiv.

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March 10: Residents of Irpin and Bucha escaped the battle via a destroyed bridge in Irpin, Ukraine. Irpin’s northwestern suburbs of Kyiv experienced days of continuous bombardment by Russian troops advancing toward the capital.

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March 12: Road and smoke views from a storage facility in Brovary, Ukraine.

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March 12: Road and smoke views from a storage facility in Brovary, Ukraine.

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March 10: In Kyiv, Ukraine, trenches are provided on the side of the road as a precautionary measure in the event of a Russian attack.

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March 10: In Kyiv, Ukraine, trenches are provided on the side of the road as a precautionary measure in the event of a Russian attack.

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March 12: Ukrainian soldiers investigate a Russian Armored Personnel Carrier (APC) destroyed in Irpin, north of Kyiv.

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March 12: Ukrainian soldiers investigate a Russian Armored Personnel Carrier (APC) destroyed in Irpin, north of Kyiv.

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March 12: Soldiers walk along a swirling path from the town of Irpin on the outskirts of Kyiv, Ukraine.

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March 12: Soldiers walk along a swirling path from the town of Irpin on the outskirts of Kyiv, Ukraine.

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March 12: Firefighters extinguished the house after firing on the 17th day of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in Kyiv.

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March 12: Firefighters extinguished the house after firing on the 17th day of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in Kyiv.

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March 12: Police officers and residents stand next to a shell crater in front of a house damaged by a recent bombardment on the outskirts of Kyiv.

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March 11: The funeral will be held in Lviv, Ukraine, for three Ukrainian soldiers, Taras Diduk (25), Andries Stephanisin (39) and Dmitro Kabakov (58).

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March 11: The funeral will be held in Lviv, Ukraine, for three Ukrainian soldiers, Taras Diduk (25), Andries Stephanisin (39) and Dmitro Kabakov (58).

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March 11: The funeral will be held in Lviv, Ukraine, for three Ukrainian soldiers, Taras Diduk (25), Andries Stephanisin (39) and Dmitro Kabakov (58).

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March 11: The funeral will be held in Lviv, Ukraine, for three Ukrainian soldiers, Taras Diduk (25), Andries Stephanisin (39) and Dmitro Kabakov (58).

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March 12: Ukrainian soldiers walk towards the forefront of the city of Irpin in northern Ukraine.

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March 12: Ukrainian soldiers walk towards the forefront of the city of Irpin in northern Ukraine.

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