Western Ukraine city of Lviv introduced a curfew, Interfax Ukraine news the agency reported on Friday quoting a city official.
“The curfew is in place from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. We will provide passes to residents of the region employee in critical infrastructure,” Interfax quoted the head of local military administration Maxim Kozitsky as saying.
Pounded Russian missiles Kyiv on On Friday, families were shaking in shelters and authorities told residents to prepare Molotov cocktails to defend the Ukrainian capital from an assault which the mayor said had already start with saboteurs in the city.
Meanwhile, thousands of Ukrainians went to neighbors countries West in to look for of safety as Russia shelled its capital and other cities with Airstrikes for a second daytime.
More of those who arrive on Friday were women, children and the elderly after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Thursday forbidden men of military the age to leave the country.
The cars were supported up for several kilometers at certain border crossings while the authorities in Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania and Moldova have mobilized to welcome them, offering them shelter, food and legal assistance. help. these countries also relaxed their usual border procedures, including COVID-19 testing requirements.
At border crossings in Poland, the Ukrainians have arrived on foot and by car and train – some with their pets – and were welcomed by Polish authorities and volunteers offering them food and hot drinks.
Some have sought to join relatives who to have already colonized in Poland and other countries of the European Union, whose strong economies have for many years attracted Ukrainian workers.
Marika Sipos fled Koson, a village in western Ukraine near the Hungarian border, arriving early Friday in Lonia, Hungary.
“We had to leave behind everything, all our life work”, Sipon said, describing it as a “terrible feeling.”
Erika Barta, arrival from Backi Breg, Ukraine, said she would seek shelter with relatives in Hungary and planned to return when the danger passes.
“It’s not safe to home more,” she said.
For many, the first the stop was a train station in Przemysl, a city in south-eastern Poland which is a transit point for numerous. Ukrainians slept on cots and in chairs while waiting for them next moves relieved of escape The bombardment of Kyiv and other places.
Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi spoke in Parliament on Friday of the “long lines” of cars leaving Kyiv and other Ukrainian cities, mostly heading towards EU borders”, and said, “it is possible imagine a huge influx of refugees to neighboring European countries countries.”
“The pictures we see – of unarmed civilians forced into hiding in bunkers and subways – are terrible and bring us back to the darkest days of European history,” he said.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), considered that more over 100,000 people on believed to have left their homes in Ukraine and that up at 4 millions people can flee to others countries if the situation escalates.
Hungary, which mobilized its military for help, announced in a decree this week that all Ukrainian citizens arriving from Ukraine and all third-country nationals residing there legally would be entitled to protection.
The welcome that Poland and Hungary currently give to Ukrainians is very different from the unwelcoming position they have had towards refugees and migrants from the Middle East and Africa in these last years. Hungary built a wall to keep them out when a million people, many Syrians fleeing the war, arrived in Europe in 2015.
Poland is now building her own wall with Belarus after thousands of mostly Middle Eastern migrants sought to enter from Belarus in past month. EU blames Russia-backed Belarus of encourage this migratory surge to destabilize the EU. Some of those people refused entry to Poland died in forests.
But Ukrainians are perceived very differently by Poles and others because they are mostly Christians and, for the Poles, fellow Slavs with similar linguistic and cultural roots.
Transcarpathia, the westernmost part of Ukraine region which borders Hungary, is also home to around 150,000 ethnic Hungarians, many of which are also Hungarian citizens. While Russia invasion has not yet extended so that areawhich is separated from the rest of Ukraine by the Carpathians, many have decided not to wait for the situation to worsen.