'Thousands' Of Berlin Residents Are Offering Ukrainian Refugees A Place To Stay
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‘Thousands’ of Berlin residents have been offering Ukrainian refugees a place to stay amid the Russian invasion in Ukraine.
In a video that was shot at Berlin’s Central Station, Germany and shared on Reddit, a woman explains how German residents await trains arriving from the east and welcome its passengers who have been fleeing the war in Ukraine.
“On the right side there’s thousands of people from Berlin offering a place to stay,” the woman explains.
“This is absolutely incredible, you just like enter the building and there are thousands of people actually supporting [the refugees].
“They have a saying on the paper in Ukrainian, in English and Russian.”
The camera then pans to people holding up signs with how many rooms they have available in their homes for the refugees arriving into the country.
The video then shows the asylum seekers collecting supplies from the train station, assumed to be provided by helpful volunteers.
One woman who was interviewed by the videographer explained their reasons for fleeing Ukraine.
“I was very scared and I had to get out from this hell and now I am here. I hope I am in a safe place.”
A man explained their decision to escape “was very difficult” as the evacuation of women and children is prioritised.
“The decision was very difficult because they are only evacuating women and children. So as a man, I was not allowed to take the train or the bus.
“I had to walk about 30km on foot to access the border in a temperature of minus three degrees so it was really horrible,” he stated.
You can watch the heart-warming video here:
The response to the video on the social media platform was hugely positive, with one user commenting: “Makes my f***ing heart smile when people do the right thing for a change.”
Another wrote: “What a heartwarming sight to see. If only the same sentiments and mass actions were done for other wars such as Iraq and Afghanistan.”
“Bloody beautiful, thank you Germany,” a different commenter said.
“Hats off to the Germans. What an incredible show of gesture. Truly classy people.”
The BBC recently reported that Ukrainian refugees looking to head out of Germany “get free train tickets to anywhere in Europe”, while those who don’t have anywhere else to stay “get ushered down to a cavernous hall” where food and drink, mobile sim cards, medical supplies and translators are waiting for them.
The publication also noted that men of fighting age in Ukraine “have been barred from exiting the country."
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