Almost 2,000 Ukrainians file form for evacuation from Poland, - Ambassador

Source : 112 Ukraine

They cannot return home without assistance
15:49, 17 March 2020

Polish Border Guard
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Currently, almost 2,000 Ukrainians filled a special form on the website of the Embassy of Ukraine, stating that they cannot return home without assistance and expect the organized evacuation as Ukrinform reported citing Ambassador of Ukraine to Poland Andriy Deshchytsia.

“About 2,000 citizens of Ukraine appealed to the diplomatic and consular establishments in Poland, stating they need help in the return home,” the diplomat said.

Deshchytsia has not excluded that some of these citizens could enter the territory of Ukraine on their own.

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According to the ambassador, the issue of the organization of a special flight from Warsaw is discussed. Moreover, the possibility of the transfer of the Ukrainians by train is considered, including the citizens who are stuck at the Czech-Polish or German-Polish borders.

“The Polish side may provide the so-called medical corridor and PKP Intercity will take people to the border and Ukrzaliznytsia will take people in Przemysl”, Deshchytsia noted.

Moreover, according to him, the proper decision of the government of Poland is needed that is why the Ukrainian diplomats who hold talks with the Foreign Ministry and Infrastructure Ministry of Poland.

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Three checkpoints work at the border with Poland: Dorohusk-Yahodyn, Korchova-Krakivets and Hrebinna-Rava-Ruska”. The Ukrainian consuls stay there and help the Ukrainians to cross the border. Despite the fact that these checkpoints are mostly for cars, the pedestrian crossing of the citizens is held in agreement with the Polish border guards.

“We control the number of our citizens who drive up to the working checkpoints. And if there are too many citizens we will put the question before the Ukrainian and Polish governments on the renewal of the work of the pedestrian checkpoint Medyka-Shehyni,” Deshchytsia underlined.

According to him, he received the assurances from the Polish border bodies that they will treat with loyalty the Ukrainians whose visa or stay on biometric passports has ended during the quarantine in Poland.

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As we reported, Ukraine has appealed to Poland with a request to open pedestrian checkpoint Shehyni-Medyka, where earlier Ukrainian citizens stuck with no possibility to enter Ukraine.


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