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Two main Polish cities, together with the nation’s capital of Warsaw and Krakow, its second-largest metropolis, are operating out of area for Ukrainian refugees escaping Russian assaults.
Practically 2.6 million Ukrainians have fled the nation amid Russia’s invasion as of Saturday — the vast majority of which (1.6 million) sought refuge in Poland, in response to the U.N. Excessive Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
“300,000 refugees have arrived in [Warsaw] since Russia attacked Ukraine on February 24,” Warsaw Mayor Rafal Trzaskowski stated in a Friday tweet. “Our city remains the main destination for Ukrainian refugees. Situation is getting more and more difficult every day. Warsaw stands and will #StandWithUkraine. Support. Donate.”
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Krakow Mayor Jacek Majchrowski stated the nation’s second-largest metropolis has taken in 100,000 Ukrainians and is “slowly losing the opportunity to accommodate new waves of refugees” in a Friday Fb submit. He added that officers can solely provide area to refugees in neighboring cities.
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“We have been helping Ukraine since the first days of the war, but as a local government, we are first responsible for the citizens,” he stated, in response to a Washington Post translation of his remarks. He added that extra incoming refugees might impression “the functioning of the city.”
Hungary, Slovakia and the Russian Federation have additionally taken in lots of of 1000’s of refugees. Different European international locations have taken in additional than 300,000, the UNHCR studies.
The mass displacement marks the “largest humanitarian crisis Europe has seen since World War [II],” the Worldwide Group for Migration stated final week. The Worldwide Rescue Committee (IRC) known as it the “fastest exodus of refugees this century.”
The UNHCR says an estimated 12.65 million folks have been impacted by conflict zones inside Ukraine since Russia invaded on Feb. 24.