Poland’s deputy Interior Minister, Pawel Szefernaker, said on Saturday that 100,000 people from Ukraine have crossed the border into Poland since the Russian invasion.
“Since the beginning of the Ukrainian war till today, 100,000 people have crossed the border from Ukraine to Poland along” Szefernaker told reporters in the border village of Medyka in southeastern Poland.
He said that 90% of the refugees have a special place where they can go to in Poland, such as the home of a friend or family member, but the rest go to nine reception centers along the border for help.
The center provides food, medical care, shelter and all necessary information.
Polish border guard Tomasz Fraga added at a press conference that almost 50,000 people entered Poland from Ukraine on Friday alone.
Having hosted some 1.5 million Ukrainians prior to the invasion of Russia and expressing unwavering support for Ukraine, Poland has so far witnessed the largest number of refugees from Ukraine heading to its territory.
The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said on Twitter on Saturday that “according to the latest updates, almost 116,000 people have fled to neighboring countries since February 24, including Poland, Hungary, Moldova, Slovakia and Romania.”