In Ukraine, as midnight approached, refugees sought refuge in neighbouring countries in search of safety.
On CNN’s Live Feed, Melissa Bell reported from the border of Ukraine and Poland, revealing that the refugees – mainly children and women – bring very few things with them, aside from hope.
“A couple of suitcases that they can carry, often along with a pet as well. Whatever they are able to take with them as they leave,” said Bell, of the refugees arriving at the airport.
On the other hand, Poland is doing all it can to welcome those seeking refuge at the border crossing.
“There is an area where their pets can be fed as soon as they arrive at the hotel. All along this walkway, we have set up tents in an attempt to give them comfort. We want to try and give them something to help them adjust to life in Poland. This could be candy or a stuffed animal or something similar to help them feel more at home. Extraordinary scenes” described Bell.
According to Bell, more than 2.1 million people have crossed the border where she is posted, which represents more than 60% of the total number of refugees from Ukraine.
Despite the enormous strain of welcoming an extraordinarily vulnerable group of people, she said, “this is a country that is going through a tremendous amount of stress, since women with their small children are coming with nothing upon them.”.