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Ukrainians in Romania help new refugee arrivals

Ukrainians in Romania help new refugee arrivals

Elena Trofimchuk fled Ukraine to Romania more than a month ago

May 1, 2022, 7: 35 AM

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The 26-year-old said that keeping herself busy and useful keeps her from dwelling on Russia’s shelling of her hometown, Odesa, where many of her friends remain. If you don’t do anything, it can lead to you becoming a crazy person. It is very difficult. It’s very difficult. So I help them find accommodation and buy tickets. Trofimchuk stated that she even helps Romanians cook.

She was a photographer before the conflict in Ukraine.

Trofimchuk is just one of many orange-vested Ukrainian volunteers working at the station.

Ukrainian volunteer Vitalii Ivanchuk flew all the way from Sri Lanka where he lived with his Ukrainian girlfriend to help refugees coming into Romania.

The 29-year-old IT developer said that many Ukrainians have a tough time communicating with Romanians, and volunteers who can speak both Ukrainian and English are in high demand. Anastasiia Haiduk was Anastasia’s girlfriend and quit her job as an investment banker shortly after the war began. She decided to become a volunteer station attendant until she is reunited with her family back in Ukraine. The Romanian government offers free tickets for refugees from Ukraine to use in travel to Hungary, Austria and Germany.

Trofimchuk said she was moved by the warm welcome and the Romanians’ show of solidarity with Ukraine.

” Every Romanian wants to assist. They are very welcoming. This surprised me. Trofimchuk stated that he was so glad everyone wanted to help.

Nearly 5.5 million people have fled Ukraine since the start of Russia’s war on Feb. 24, according to data from the U.N. refugee agency.

Most have entered countries on Ukraine’s western border: more than 3 million people have fled to Poland, while more than 817,000 others have fled to Romania and around 520,000 have crossed into Hungary, UNHCR statistics show. Some volunteers from Ukraine participate in a weekly protest at the Russian Embassy, Bucharest with both Ukrainians and Romanians every Saturday. After the Russian missile attack on Odesa, a southern Ukrainian port on the Black Sea Coast coast,

Station volunteers say that they have been seeing more people arrive from Odesa.

But Trofimchuk said she didn’t attend a protest and expected people from her home town.

” “I will remain at the station as long as possible because there might be someone who needs my assistance,” Trofimchuk stated.


More AP coverage of the war at https://apnews.com/hub/russia-ukraine and migration issues at https://apnews.com/hub/migration

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