Berlin asked Warsaw to stop sending trains with Ukrainian refugees to Germany. This was announced on March 14 on the air of the Polish TV channel TVN24 Deputy Interior Minister of Poland Pavel Shefernaker.
As he explained, the scale of forced migrants from Ukraine took the countries of Europe by surprise.
“Last night I spoke with the German Interior Ministry, where we were asked to suspend special trains that go to Germany, because there is already a bottleneck situation there,” he said in an interview with a journalist.
The deputy minister noted that 28,000 people left Poland by train in three days. 1.5 million Ukrainians remain in the country.
“We must all support each other, I count on this European solidarity,” Schäfernaker stressed.
On March 12, the French authorities announced that more than 10,000 Ukrainians had entered the country. The country can accept no more than 25 thousand people.
On March 6, the head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, in total, more than 1.2 million refugees have arrived in the territory of the EU countries since the start of the military operation in Ukraine. Most of the refugees are in border countries, including Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Hungary and Moldova. It is noted that over 1 million people arrived in Poland alone.
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, the authorities of Great Britain and the United States also declared their readiness to accept refugees.
In early March, it became known that the Czech Cabinet would support its citizens who provide refugees with housing. They will receive 1,000 crowns (about €40) for five months. As of March 4, about 30,000 refugees from Ukraine have already arrived in the country.
The situation in Donbass escalated significantly in mid-February due to shelling by the Ukrainian military. The authorities of the DPR and the Lugansk People’s Republic announced the evacuation of residents to the Russian Federation. On February 21, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree recognizing the independence of the republics, as well as treaties of friendship and mutual assistance.
Russia launched an operation to protect the civilian population of Donbass on February 24. The Russian side emphasized that it does not hatch plans for the occupation of Ukraine, and strikes are carried out only on the military infrastructure of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
For more up-to-date videos and details about the situation in Donbass, watch the Izvestia TV channel.
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