We are witnessing the fastest growing refugee crisis in Europe after the Second World War, as the number of refugees fleeing Ukraine could soon exceed one and a half million, announced the UNHCR. Since the beginning of the Russian invasion of Ukraine on the 24th of last month, 1.3 million people have left their homes. Most of them are in Poland, Hungary, Moldova and Slovakia. Croatia is ready to receive up to 10,000 refugees.
More and more people are pouring into neighboring countries every day, and according to UN estimates, Russia's invasion of Ukraine could cause an exodus of 10 million people. Representatives of the Croatian Red Cross visited Ukraine, Romania and Hungary this weekend, and together with colleagues from those countries visited border crossings.
“We have defined channels; we will present them to our colleagues in the coordination of humanitarian organizations for the master plan,” said the Executive Director of the Croatian Red Cross Robert Markt.
Markt has received information from the International Committee of the Red Cross, which is organizing safe corridors for aid delivery to Ukraine and the exit of people from war-torn areas, and he hopes that the corridors will be established soon.
“My colleagues have told that they are in constant contact with Ukrainian authorities but also with the Russian Ministry of Defense, in order to truly secure all mechanisms of international humanitarian law so that humanity may prevail, and so that assistance, firstly humanitarian, may be delivered to people who are in war-torn areas and enable those people to safely leave war zones,” said Markt.
Markt said that he is not sure if it was easier to enter or exit Ukraine.
“My impression when crossing the border in Siret at the border crossing; there was a que of cars measuring almost five kilometers long, there were about a thousand people there according to my estimate, which all suggests that there is a lot of hysteria, however the silence that prevails there touches the heart and shows all the sorrow, misery and despair of this situation,” added Markt.
"More than 2,000 people have arrived in Croatia until now and it will not stop there," said Prime Minister Andrej Plenković in Dubai, noting that Croatia will continue to help in accordance with the number that arrives in Croatia.
According to the UNHCR, the surrounding countries bordering Ukraine serve as the first stop for many fleeing the war as they travel to more distant European countries. In Romania, for example, of the 140,000 people who arrived in the first eight days of the war, about 60,000 have remained.
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