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'This is just the beginning': Warsaw close to being overwhelmed as 300,000 refugees arrive from Ukraine

Warsaw, the capital of Poland, is in danger of being overtaken by the influx from Ukraine.

The authorities have asked the UK and Europe to “invite” those who fled war-torn countries to come to Poland.

Monika Beuth–Lutyk spoke on behalf of Warsaw’s mayor and said to Sky News: “I believe we should all do even more.” We have to do more.

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Image Approximately a million and half refugees have crossed the border into Poland

When asked if Britain should do more she replied: “I fear that this is just the start – so I think today you could think about what you could offer them if it’s something that they would really appreciate.”

A million and a quarter refugees have crossed into Poland from Poland, and another 300,000. Have arrived in Warsaw. This is about 15% of the current population.

There were many people at the Central Station, either coming from Ukraine or receiving assistance.

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It is unknown how many people will stay in Poland and move to other countries.

This is a time to regroup and receive basic handouts such as a toothbrush, medicine, food, and water.

Image Gregory fled the eastern Ukranian city Kharkiv, along with his mother Lillie, a 87-year old woman.

When asked by a woman about her plans for the future, she simply replied that she didn’t know.

It is still shocking that they are even here. Gregory fled Kharkiv, an eastern Ukrainian city with his mother Lillie (87 years old). He said that he feels ashamed of being in such a situation and is still afraid of the Russians despite having reached Poland.

He stated, “We don’t have a home, no cars, no everything.” These are the only three bags. That’s all.”

Ykaterina Zakharchenko was the mother of her daughter and lived close to Zaporizhzhia’s nuclear power station in Ukraine.

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Image After more Russian attacks, people in Ukraine fled their country.

They want to be as far from the nuclear power plant as possible, ideally to the UK. However, as they don’t have any relatives in the UK, they are not eligible for the visa scheme.

They emphasize how kind the Poles are to fleeing refugees.

However, the Warsaw authorities are under great pressure and they don’t intend to stay.

“We don’t want Polish people to bother”

Ms Zakharchenko is a circus lighting technician and says that she’s going to Germany to help Polish citizens.

We were told by her mother, Irina Zakharchenko, that they all tried to help, feed, sleep, and take care our children.

Image Ykaterina Zakharchenko and her mother lived close to the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant in Ukraine

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Vladimir Putin spoke about increasing energy prices. Boris Johnson raised concerns about chemical weapons and Mariupol continues to be under heavy attack

Anna Blachowska from Poland is volunteering to help with coffee and food distribution.

She stated that there are many people in the area and it is not well-planned and organized. It is difficult to do this by ourselves.

It is likely to take a while, but I don’t know for sure how long. It’s not a one-off event. We have to prepare for the fact that it will be several months.

There are long lines of people sleeping rough, waiting for trains that are too full.

Volunteers do their best to entertain the many children who have been evacuated along with their mothers. As a child is given chocolate, we see his face lighten up. We are not old enough to understand why strangers are so kind.


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We meet a 17-year-old teenager who is able to understand what’s happening but not able to fight. He said he plans to stay until he turns 18 so he can go home and join the war effort.

They are standing together with a friend and counting money they have just received from an exchange bureau.

After helping a woman with limited Polish to change her money, a volunteer rushes past. She is in a hurry because the woman she is helping wants to take a train.

It is a place of immense goodwill. It’s under tremendous strain, and it’s only been two weeks since Russia invaded Ukraine without any sign of peace.


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