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Flow of Ukrainian refugees testing limits of central Europe’s capacity -Breaking


© Reuters. One family of Ukrainians from Mykolaiv is seen in a tent warming up as they cross the border from Ukraine into Poland. This was done at the border crossing in Medyka. Poland on March 20, 2022. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch TPX IMAGES


Jan Lopatka and Alicja Patak

PRAGUE/WARSAW – Officials from Central Europe expressed concern that it was becoming difficult to house the nearly 3.5million refugees forced out of Ukraine by Russia. Instead, they are now residing in temporary accommodations.

According to data from the U.N. refugee Agency, most of the Ukrainians arrived in Poland, Slovakia and Romania at borders. This puts pressure on European Union members that are trying to provide shelter for them.

Vit Rakusan (Czech Interior Minister) stated that government officials would extend an emergency state to address the influx. To ease the situation, officials are looking to relocate people to other cities than Prague.

Rakusan, a television debater said that the Czech Republic was balancing between its capacities and being able to offer comfortable living conditions. Living in a gym, tent, or camping is not a good way to live.

Three laws were also passed by the Czech Parliament this week to make it easier for Ukrainian refugees to get work and health insurance. Schools can also be allowed to increase their class capacity.

Iryna Vereshchuk, Ukraine’s deputy prime minister, said that seven humanitarian corridors will be open Sunday for civilians leaving frontline zones.

The region’s biggest Ukrainian population, with 1.5 million members, was home to refugees who waited for three days in line in Poland in front the National Stadium, which temporarily became an administrative office in order to register new arrivals.

Since the Russian invasion of Ukraine on February 24, more than 2,000,000 Ukrainians crossed into Poland. It claims that it is part of a special operation to demilitarize Ukraine. According to the West, Vladimir Putin is an aggressive leader of the war on Ukraine.

Warsaw officials claim this has led to an 17% rise in the Polish capital’s population, estimated at 1.8million.

Monika Beuth – Lutyk, a spokeswoman for Warsaw’s city council said that “we never know how many refugee will arrive.” We have done all we can, and it is now up to government to create refugee communities and implement the system.


The Medyka crossing is Poland’s most busy along its 500-km (315-mile) bordering Ukraine. Aid groups are preparing for a flood of refugees in the event that humanitarian corridors permit Ukrainians to flee.

According to an International Organization for Migration spokesperson, thousands have passed daily through Medyka.

Jorge Galindo, a spokesperson for the group told Reuters that they don’t know how many and when they’ll arrive.

Men who are of compulsory age must stay to defend Ukraine. However, most women and their children have opted for the EU.

Refugees who have recently arrived in the country described their panic as they flee Russian-led bombardments and shots overhead.

Natalia Strelcova who fled from the Dnipro area to flee with her cat, said “Rockets were starting to fly.”

Strelcova stated, “It becomes frightening, panic begins, and it’s tempting to flee somewhere.”