On Saturday alone, 129,000 people crossed the border, the authority said on Twitter on Sunday. On Sunday there were already 39,800 by morning.
According to data from the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the majority of the refugees are Ukrainian citizens. But there are also people from Uzbekistan, Belarus, India, Nigeria, Algeria, Morocco, the USA and several other countries.
The head of the Ukrainian delegation for talks with Russia hopes for a humanitarian one corridor from the eastern Ukrainian city of Kharkiv on Sunday. “God willing” there will be one, David Arachamija wrote on Facebook that night. Evacuations from Mariupol failed on Saturday, and Russia continued the attacks after a short pause in fire. According to Ukrainian sources, during the night there were violent attacks around Kyiv, Kharkiv and Mykolaiv.
The head of the Ukrainian delegation, Arakhamiya, responded on Facebook to a woman from Kharkiv – who said she had experienced “10 days of hell” – urging a ceasefire agreement with Russia. Representatives of Ukraine and Russia last met in western Belarus on Thursday and held humanitarian corridors agreed. According to both sides, new negotiations are planned for next Monday.
On Saturday, an evacuation from the port city of Mariupol, which had been under fire for six days, failed. Both sides accused each other of violating the agreed ceasefire. At 4:00 p.m. (CET), the Russian army said it resumed its attacks on the city and on the city of Volnowacha.
Mariupol Mayor Wadym Boichenko spoke of a “humanitarian blockade” in a TV program on Saturday evening. Russian units had switched off all 15 power lines in the city and had been without power for five days. The main water supply had already been cut off before the start of the war, and after five days of war the reserve water supply was also lost. The Russian side acted very methodically in order to cut off the city from any supply and thus create internal pressure.