90,000 Ukrainian refugees arrive in Hungary

Red Cross and aid organizations offer assistance

editor: REMIX NEWS
author: Magyar Hírlap
Ukrainian refugees at Budapest's western railway station on February 28, 2022. (MTI/Zoltán Balogh)

About 90,000 refugees from Ukraine have crossed the Hungarian border, government spokesman Alexandra Szentkirályi said on Monday, stressing that Hungary is still waiting for fugitives from the war in Ukraine with “open arms, help and good intentions.”

She added that the Hungarian government would help the people fleeing the war to Hungary with all its effort.

She emphasized that Hungary provides entry and assistance to all Ukrainian refugees, and border crossings are open 24 hours a day to facilitate this. According to her information, from Feb. 24 to Monday afternoon, 89,561 people crossed the Hungarian border from Ukraine.

The government spokesman added that the government is also coordinating the accommodation of refugees, and so far 139 refugees in need have been accommodated, and accommodation can be provided in case of further needs.

According to her, the accommodation for the refugees is designated by the National Directorate General for Disaster Management (OKF). The OKF also coordinates the accommodation of refugees arriving in the capital and assists in the allocation of state supplies, as well as in the administration and preparation of documents, he added.

Alexandra Szentkirályi also mentioned that the government is helping people fleeing the war in other ways as well. The cabinet operates the National Humanitarian Coordination Council (NCC), which is responsible for collecting aid, donations, delivering humanitarian aid, and is assisted by Hungarian aid organizations, including the Catholic Caritas, the Hungarian Maltese Charity Service, the Hungarian Ecumenical Aid, the Hungarian Reformed Charity Service, the Baptist Charity Service, and the Hungarian Red Cross.

Hungary has also opened six aid points on Monday at five locations — Beregsurány, Tiszabecs, Záhony, Barabás and Lónya. He also said that charities are still waiting for applications from accommodation and host families, as well as welcoming long-term food supplies.

“The whole country has moved and is trying to help as one person,” Szentkirályi said

MÁV’s solidarity ticket has expanded

From Monday afternoon, Ukrainian citizens are able to travel on national railway MÁV’s domestic services free of charge, the railway company said on Monday, signaling that the solidarity ticket introduced from midnight on Saturday had been extended. With the free solidarity ticket, those concerned can start their journey at any railway station, indicate their destination at the time of ticket exchange and prove their Ukrainian citizenship with an identity card or passport.

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