Ukraine could become “Europe’s biggest refugee crisis of this century”

Refugees from Ukraine line up at the border crossing in Medica, Poland, on February 28 to leave for Poland. (Vojtech Radwansky / AFP / Getty Images)

The UN said on Monday that there were now more than half a million refugees from neighboring Ukraine, and that people were heading west to Central Europe frantically after Russia’s invasion last week.

Here is a snapshot of the situation on the border with Ukraine:

Poland: More than 100,000 people entered Poland from Ukraine on Monday, the highest number ever received by Ukraine’s EU neighbors since the start of the invasion, according to the Polish border guard.

Since February 24, border officials have allowed at least 377,400 people to cross its border with Ukraine, according to a tweet on Tuesday.

The longest line is at Medica Crossing, said border security spokeswoman Anna Michelska.

On the Ukrainian side of that border, a line of vehicles stretches for 20 kilometers (12-miles) through nearby villages. Residents told CNN the number of people crossing the border had dropped in the past day.

The first few days of the evacuation were chaotic, with many walking long distances to the border in the cold, they said. But now many volunteers from local villages are setting up temporary shelters and providing food.

A CNN group on the border spoke to several non-Ukrainian citizens, who say authorities are still giving priority to Ukrainians crossing the border.

Foreign students leaving Ukraine say they face racism on the border

CNN also met with Ukrainians waiting in line in their cars, but they decided to leave their vehicles and walk across the border because they thought it would be faster.

Many men take their families across the border, knowing they will be turned away and unable to leave. Ukraine has banned men of military age from leaving the country as it seeks to increase its armed forces.

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Slovakia: Waiting time at Ukraine’s border with Slovakia is up to 35 hours in Ubla, northeast of Slovakia and 12 hours in the south-west of Wisey Nemkei. Another crossing at the Velke Slemens finds less congestion.

A total of 54,304 people entered the country as of Tuesday morning, according to the Slovak Border Police.

According to a spokesman for the agency, the guards have not withdrawn a single person since the beginning of the conflict, meaning there have been no such incidents on the Ukrainian side. About 15,000 people crossed the three crossings between Sunday morning and Monday morning, and a third of them said they were non-Ukrainians.

Romania: A total of 89,000 Ukrainian citizens have crossed the Romanian border since the Russian invasion, and 50,000 have fled to other countries, according to official border records.

There was congestion at the border with Hungary, But today the police confirmed to CNN that the crossings are less busy and that people are cleaning the crossings faster.

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