The armed assault of Ukrainian borders by Russian forces has sparked a large exodus of Ukrainians into Poland, Moldova, Slovakia, Romania, Hungary, and other European countries. Separated families, young children, and the elderly have all arrived at various points along the Ukrainian border in the hopes of a safe passage. At least one million people have fled Ukraine in the week since Russia’s invasion, the United Nations said.
People have journeyed in huge numbers with their belongings, driving on crowded highways, overpacking buses and railway trains in an attempt to seek refuge in Europe. According to BBC News, neighboring Poland has taken in 1,027,603 refugees. Refugees are instructed that they do not require paperwork.
However, they are required to bring internal or foreign passports, birth certificates for any children traveling with them, and medical records. Hundreds of students from African Nations, India, Turkey, Egypt, etc., who have spent the previous years studying in Ukraine, are also abandoning the country.
A statement by UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi on Twitter mentions that, “in just seven days we have witnessed the exodus of one million refugees from Ukraine to neighboring countries.” The European nations are prepared for a huge influx of people seeking refuge.
EU Home Affairs Commissioner Ylva Johansson, in a press conference, expressed gratitude as ministers have unanimously supported an EU plan to provide temporary protection to Ukrainians escaping the Russian attack, including residency rights. Under The Temporary Protection Directive, those escaping the war will be offered temporary protection in the EU. They will be given a residency permit and have access to education and work opportunities.
A team of dedicated zookeepers has stayed behind at the KyivZoo in order to ensure the welfare of the animals there. In a statement shared on their website by Cyril Trantin – Director of Kyivzoo mentions, “every day we receive messages with words of support, very grateful to everyone! Kyiv Zoo is supplied with electricity, water, heat, and food. So at the moment, there is no need for additional help. The most important thing in the coming days is the support of our defenders. Take care of yourself and Ukraine!”
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