More than 33,000 Ukrainian refugees in Romania, hundreds apply for asylum, gov’t says

Refugiati din Ucraina la Isaccea, februraie 27, de Vlad Iavita

More than 33,000 Ukrainians have fled to Romania since the start of hostilities last week, the government said Monday.

Government spokesman Dan Cărbunaru said almost 400 Ukrainain nationals had applied for asylum in Romania.

More than 70,000 entered Romania after Russia invaded Ukraine early Thursday, but  some 37,500 have left, he said. Many have headed to Western Europe and other countries.

Mr Cărbunaru provided the latest figure after a meeting Monday morning of the government’s  Task Force which is handling Romania’s response to the conflict in neighboring Ukraine.

Many of them are elderly people or women traveling with their children. Ukraine’s  parliament declared martial law,  and men aged 18 to 60 are banned from leaving the country.

The refugees have entered Romania at different points along the 615-kilometer border.

They have come from cities near the border but from across Ukraine, some traveling for two days to cross the border.

In Siret, northern Romania which is the busiest border crossing between the two countries, there were lines of cars stretching for kilometers, while some people camoed out in fields waiting to cross the border.

Romanians have donated food and other provisions and welcome refugees into their homes.

Romanian emergency inspectorate and Romanian firefighters have provided relief aid such as food, mobile phone sim cards, and free transportation to various cities in Romania.

Ukrainians fleeing war find welcome in neighboring Romania



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