Ukraine’s First Lady Olena Zelenska thanked the European countries for welcoming Ukrainian refugees.
Zelenska has published a series of photos from volunteer points in Poland, where volunteers help Ukrainians who leave their homes, fleeing the war.
The first picture shows a line of baby carriages brought to a train stations by Polish mothers for women arriving from Ukraine, as they know that Ukrainian women fled their native country only with a child in their arms and a small suitcase.
“Sandwich? Water?” - Exhausted Ukrainian women hear at the border. Polish volunteers are on duty around the clock with food, clothes, and medicines to provide a meal and keep warm. Most of the Ukrainian refugees are in Poland - already more than 1 million,” Olena Zelenska said.
She added that Ukrainian refugees hear the same kind welcoming in Slovakia, Romania, Hungary, and Moldova. These countries have shown “themselves not just border neighbors, but really fraternal people”, because they instantly opened the borders, created powerful Internet resources through which every Ukrainian may find accommodation, doctors, lawyers, apply Ukrainian children for schools and kindergartens as their own and provide free healthcare, Zelenska wrote.
She added that Lithuania, Latvia, Croatia, Bulgaria, Sweden, Estonia, Norway, Finland, Denmark are helping in any way they can. “The entire European Union has opened up to Ukraine – all its countries grant Temporary Protected Status with the right to live, work and study with them.”
Free travel has already been introduced by Austria, Belgium, the Netherlands, France, Czech Republic, Germany, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. And volunteers work around the clock in dozens of countries - hosting, providing food, collecting aid - ordinary people who are not indifferent to the situation in Ukraine,” she said.
Olena Zelenska thanked all the senior citizens who accept Ukrainians as their own. “Of course, this is not how Ukraine imagined its integration into Europe… But warmed and saved, they will definitely come back home. With your warmth in hearts.”