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Germany takes in 2,500 Ukrainian refugees from Moldova

Refugees from Ukraine arrive at a camp in Berlin
Berlin Mayor Franziska Giffey visits an emergency camp set up at the exhibition center for the refugees who fled Ukraine after the Russian invasion, March 11, 2022 in Berlin, Germany. REUTERS/Michele Tantussi

March 12, 2022

By Alexander Ratz

CHISINAU (Reuters) – Germany will take in 2,500 refugees who fled Ukraine to Moldova, Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock said on Saturday as efforts by Eastern Europe to help refugees come under pressure.

The number of refugees who have fled Ukraine since the Russian invasion began on February 24 now stands at nearly 2.6 million, and some cities in Eastern Europe are running out of shelter.

After meeting her Moldovan counterpart in Chisinau, Baerbock said Germany was determined to help Ukraine’s neighbors care for refugees and that a corridor would be set up via Romania to bring people to Germany, mainly by buses.

“Europe and our country stand in solidarity with you, we will take in refugees from you,” she said.

Since the outbreak of war, around 300,000 people have entered Moldova from Ukraine. More than 100,000 of them stayed in the country.

Baerbock later met refugees in Palanca, just 40 miles from the Black Sea port of Odessa, Ukraine.

“We fled as soon as the city was bombed,” a young woman from Sumy in north-eastern Ukraine told Baerbock. Relieved to have made it across the border with her two children, aged four and twelve, she stood a few meters from a line of hundreds of women and children still searching for permits to enter Moldova.

A border official said up to 5,000 people arrive in Palanca every day.

Around 109,183 refugees from Ukraine have been registered in Germany so far, the Interior Ministry said on Friday, and the Germans have offered up to 300,000 private apartments to accommodate them.

(Reporting by Alexander Ratz, writing by Madeline Chambers, editing by Frances Kerry and Ros Russell)

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