Russia-Ukraine War: Refugee Supply Debate – News

Status: 20.03.2022 14:10

Attacks on several cities were also reported from Ukraine on the 25th day after the outbreak of the war. In Germany, meanwhile, the debate on refugee care continues. Current news at a glance.

According to the United Nations, the war in Ukraine has already forced ten million people to flee, about a third of them abroad. According to the Interior Ministry, some 218,000 refugees have arrived in Germany so far. As there are no border controls, the number is likely to be significantly higher. According to “Bild am Sonntag”, the government is preparing to bring one million people from Ukraine to Germany for a longer period of time. The German Association of Cities calls for a better distribution of refugees in the country in order to give relief to individual large cities. Bundestag Vice-President Göring-Eckardt (Greens) called for better and faster help for Ukrainians who come to Germany in the “Bild am Sonntag”. What is needed is coordination through a “National Crisis Team in the Chancellery”, in which all the strands come together, including coordination with federal states. Federal Minister of the Interior Nancy Faeser (SPD) announced an increased police presence in train stations, to protect Ukrainian women from sexual offenses.

AUDIO: Other Russian attacks reported from Kharkiv and Mariupol (8 min)

Escape corridors need to be reopened

According to local authorities, the situation in some of the attacked cities in Ukraine is dramatic. According to the city council, nearly 40,000 people managed to escape from besieged Mariupol in Zaporizhia in one week, nearly ten percent of all residents. According to Deputy Prime Minister Vereshchuk, there are still seven escape corridors in Ukraine.

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Refugees from the Ukrainian war zone are crammed in front of an office to be registered there.  © dpa bildfunk Photo: Paul Zinken

In one week, nearly 40,000 fled through the escape corridors from the battle-besieged port city of Mariupol. More information at external

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Helpers pack medicines and other supplies from a volunteer fire truck.  © dpa-Bildfunk Photo: Julian Stratenschulte

The willingness to help those affected by the war is great. What needs to be considered? offers an overview. Moreover

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A woman covers herself with a blanket to keep warm after fleeing Ukraine and arriving at the border crossing in Medyka, Poland.  © picture alliance / dpa / AP Photo: Markus Schreiber

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Most of the displaced people – around two million – are currently in Poland. Volunteers work around the clock at the Przemysl train station to look after people. 3 minutes

A young man on a bicycle balances a wooden tray full of freshly baked bread on his head in the busy traffic of Cairo.  © dpa picture alliance Photo: Matthias Toedt

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The most populous country in the Arab world imports large quantities of wheat from Russia and Ukraine, and these imports are faltering. 5 minutes

Robert Habeck, Federal Minister of Economy and Climate Protection, speaks to the military part of the Berlin Brandenburg airport before his departure for Doha (Qatar).  © dpa-Bildfunk

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Economy Minister Robert Habeck wants to negotiate gas supplies to Qatar to make Germany more independent from Russia. 4 min

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The buses of the Drachensee Foundation wait in the Polish border area, but the train with the fugitives never arrives. 1 minute

Dmytro Asieiev is photographed with his mother.  © screenshot

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Dmytro Asieiev is a professional SSC Hagen Ahrensburg player. For days he feared for his parents who fled Kharkiv. 3 minutes

Hall with refugees.  © screenshot

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The campaign is supported by donations from neighbors. However, those seeking protection still need a long-term solution. 3 minutes

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A crowd is at Hamburg's Jungfernstieg to demonstrate against the war in Ukraine © NDR Photo: Karsten Sekund

The meeting is expected to end at 4pm. Call youth organizations of various parties. Moreover

Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock (Bündnis 90 / Die Grünen) in a pink top on a blue background © picture alliance / dpa / dpa-POOL |  Kay Nietfeld Photo: Kay Nietfeld

The Foreign Minister is expected in the afternoon. Visit the people who fled the war in Ukraine. Moreover

A Red Cross employee helps a young Ukrainian woman find a connection.  © dpa Photo: Ole Spata

Many reach the reception point of the Hanover Fair first. Then? Where can private accommodation be offered? Moreover

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The war in Ukraine affects many people. What strategies help when fear becomes overwhelming? Moreover

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