‘Trains of hope’ from Ukraine

EURACTIV reports on the ground about the refugee crisis at the Polish-Ukrainian border.

Przemyśl has seen hundreds of refugees cross over since the war began here. For many of them, the train they take from Kyiv or Lviv is a train of hope to escape the horrors of war.

Most of those arriving are families or mothers with small children or babies while their fathers and brothers have stayed behind to fight. Many of them are grateful to have reached the border.

UNHCR estimates four million people may flee Ukraine in the coming weeks if the situation escalates. Roughly half of them are expected to come to Poland. Arriving here, they are greeted by a host of Polish and international aid workers, people offering transport, food, and accommodation around the country.

Subscribe to our newsletters