The total number of Ukrainian citizens in Greece today has exceeded 12,000. The daily number of arrivals is about 500 people. At the same time, residents of the metropolitan area of Attica are actively involved in the collection and sending of humanitarian aid to those who remain in the war zone.
The Ministry of Civil Protection announced the admission of an additional 517 Ukrainian refugees on March 18, based on data from the Greek Police Headquarters. “Only on March 18, 517 Ukrainian refugees arrived in the country, including 164 minors.“.
March 19 arrived via:
- p/p Promahona: 385
- p/p Evzoni: 18
- Other land borders: 39
- Eleftherios Venizelos Airport: 56
- Airport “Macedonia” – 19 people.
In total, as of March 19, since the beginning of the war, 11,867 citizens of Ukraine have crossed the border with Greece, of which 3,844 are minors. Considering that about 500 people arrive in the country every day, the number of refugees from Ukraine today is more than 12 thousand people.
The reaction of the inhabitants of Attica to the collection of humanitarian aid is impressive
From one end of Attica to the other, the municipalities mobilized to show international solidarity with the victims of the war: some in cooperation with the regional authorities, others in cooperation with the Greek Red Cross and the “Physicians of the World”.
The townspeople touchingly respond to the call for help. People of all ages flock to the municipalities, where they collect essentials and hygiene items, blankets and sleeping bags, diapers and baby clothes, and even medical supplies. Everyone offers what they can, causing the municipalities to quickly fill up with trucks.
Greek businessmen, shops and supermarkets are also contributing to this wave of solidarity. Some municipalities have already made the first deliveries to Ukraine, while others are extending the deadlines, seeing a great response from people.
In particular, the municipality of Glyfada has loaded ten trucks with essentials and the dispatch date has been set for March 8, but people have started going to the city hall since last Friday when the announcement was made.
The offer of Asklepiorn Hospital in Voula, which provided 380 new bedding and blankets, was significant.
The municipalities of Iliupoli and Vrilisii have already completed two missions in agreement with the Embassy of Ukraine. The first arrived in Chernivtsi on March 6, near the border with Romania, and the second on March 14, while the collection of aid continues daily.
The Municipality of Vrilissia sent a total of 4 tons of emergency supplies and medical supplies. The municipality of Zografou, which is actually twinned with the Ukrainian city of Sartana, also successfully collects various items to help Ukrainians. The same applies to the municipality of Peristeri, which, thanks to the great response of the people, has completed the collection of humanitarian aid in the exhibition center, while the municipality of Filotei-Psychiko has loaded five trucks. The municipality of Paleo Faliro moved its vehicles and delivered its own humanitarian aid to the warehouses of the Greek Red Cross in Kolonos, the municipality of Elliniko-Argyroupolis itself, while the municipality of Agios Dimitrios delivered 130 boxes of food, essentials and medicines to the warehouse of “Doctors of the World”.
The first two trucks of the municipality of Vari-Voula-Vouliagmeni have already set off after consultations with the Ukrainian Embassy and representatives of the Ukrainian community in Greece. In cooperation with Smile of a Child, the municipality of Elefsina carried out its own humanitarian action. Residents of the municipality collected humanitarian aid until March 18. The collection of aid is continued by the municipalities of Kalithea, Moskhato-Tavros, Egaleo, Agia Varvara, New Philadelphia, Nea Ionia, Agia Paraskevi, Papagu Cholargos, Penteli, Maroussi, Likovrisi-Pefki, Heraklion, Dosamorphos, Metamorfosi, Daphnis-Imittou, Nea Smyrni, Mandra -Eidilias, Markopoulou, Galati (until March 19), Chalandri (daily), Petrupoli (until March 23), Haidari (daily),
The aid collection marathon will continue on the following days (extended until 24.03), Payania (until 22.03), Kropias (daily), Saronic (daily), Lavreotica (daily), Oropos (daily).
Finally, in the municipality of Rafina-Pikermi, townspeople come every day and leave their help in the camp, where refugees from Mariupol and Sartana are already accommodated.