Poland, Medica — Ukrainians fleeing the Russian invasion have begun to invade Poland, with dozens arriving at the normally quiet Medica crossroads on Thursday, some carrying luggage and taking children.
Officials from European Union countries bordering Ukraine, including Romania and Slovakia, said there was no large influx of refugees so far, but local media and witnesses said foot traffic was on the rise. Stated.
Alexander Bazanov escaped from his home in eastern Ukraine with his wife and young children and walked the last part of his trip to Poland with only what he could carry.
A 34-year-old technical manager from Mariupol, 113 km (70 miles) from Donetsk, decided to move to Poland when he learned that the war had begun with a colleague.
“I have no feelings other than being very scared,” Bazanov said at a pedestrian border crossing about 400 kilometers from Warsaw. “I visit my father in Spain, but I don’t have the money and I don’t know what to do.”
Russian troops invaded Ukraine by land, air and sea on Thursday after President Vladimir Putin approved what he called a special military operation in the east.
Central European countries bordering Ukraine have been preparing for weeks the expected flood of refugees seeking sanctuaries within the European Union.
Medica crossroads are mainly used by people who shop across borders or travel for work.
The procession to enter the Polish border town increased in the morning. Some have said they are afraid that Russia could push Ukraine far.
“Everyone thought it was safe because western Ukraine is close to the EU and NATO countries,” said 44-year-old Maria Palys, who was traveling with her family and siblings. “It doesn’t seem to be the right protection.”
Russia has called for the end of NATO’s eastern expansion, and Putin reiterated his position that Ukraine’s accession to the US-led military alliance was unacceptable.
President Putin said he approved military action after he had no choice but to protect himself from what he said was a threat from modern Ukraine, a democracy of 44 million people.
The news of the aggression was that Olga Pavrusik and her boyfriend Bodan Begay rushed to the border and left their dogs home in their town in western Ukraine. They are not thinking about their destination. “It’s okay anywhere in a safe place,” she told Reuters.
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