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Berlin Creates More Room for Ukrainians, Scholz Demands Truce

The city state of Berlin is hastily setting up more accommodations for the thousands of war refugees who arrive every day. Hundreds of Ukrainians are supposed to sleep in tents. In the meantime, Scholz told Vladimir Putin to stop the war.

Berlin, March 15th, 2022 (The Berlin Spectator) — At Berlin Central Station, the many officers the Federal Police sends to protect the refugees and help the volunteers do it like the Romans. Before trains from the Ukrainian-Polish border arrive, six of them gather in a circle, back to back, in a formation they must have rehearsed. That way, nobody can approach them from behind unnoticed or do anything forbidden without them getting a glimpse of it.

Russian Helpers

On Monday, the cops had to do this many times because those Polish trains kept on coming in all the time. Many of the women, children and elderly people who arrive know must have heard or experienced Russian attacks in the cities they fled from. In Ukraine, Russian soldiers waged war against them. But at Berlin Central station, Russian citizens are among the many volunteers who help them.

Arriving refugees get a lot of help in Berlin. Now, Berlin wants other federal states to help it help. Photo: Imanuel Marcus

Every day, Berlin is more organized. But the accommodations the city sets up fill up very quickly. Where are the war refugees supposed to be taken to when they arrive at night? To the former airport in Tegel, a borough on the north-western part of Berlin. Last weekend, 500 beds were placed in the terminal. On Saturday night, they were full already. Now, the number of beds is supposed to be increased to 2,500 quickly. In addition, big tents are being set up on the former runway.

Brandenburg and Hamburg

According to the RBB radio and TV network, a total of 7,500 beds will be available soon. At former Schönefeld Airport, another few hundred were supposed to be accommodated. In addition, up to 900 war refugees can sleep in two halls at the fairground, 9,000 in official refugee hostels and thousands more in guest rooms Berlin’s residents opened for them in their homes. The problem is that all of those beds, shelters and private accommodations will not suffice.

Former Tegel Airport now is a refugee accommodation. Photo: Imanuel Marcus

That is why other federal states are supposed to accept more Ukrainian refugees and persons of other nationalities who lived in Ukraine when the Russian army attacked the country. More than 3,000 Ukrainians are in neighboring Brandenburg, where the official hostels are full. Hamburg reported 9,000 arrivals from Ukraine. Their registration seems to be staling up there, because of the growing number of people.

Truce Demanded

In the meantime, Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan demanded a ceasefire after talks they held. “We absolutely agree that there needs to be an armistice as quickly as possible”, Scholz told the press in Ankara. “Halt the fighting” was the Chancellor’s message to Russia’s President Vladimir Putin. “With each day, with each bomb, Russia absents itself more from the international community”, he said.

Chancellor Olaf Scholz called for a ceasefire.

Scholz also stated he had informed his Turkish host about the German Bundeswehr’s participation in defending the eastern borders to NATO’s area. Turkey was doing its part as well, the German head of government explained. Russia’s brutal approach also meant that the Federal Republic had to make sure its defense worked well. He mentioned the 100 billion Euro (110 billion U.S. Dollars or 84 billion Pounds Sterling) again, which Berlin will invest in this field. Erdoğan added Turkey would continue its efforts to achieve a truce in Ukraine. Germany has not really agreed with Erdoğan in a long time. In this case, it does.

More features on Ukrainian refugees in Berlin:
Berlin Shows Solidarity with Ukraine in Several Ways (March 14th, 2022)
Berlin: The Ukrainian Refugee who Came to Become a Volunteer (March 12th, 2022)
Berlin: Number of War Refugees from Ukraine Rises Rapidly, Every Day is a Challenge (March 12th, 2022)
Berlin: Influx of Ukrainian War Refugees Continues, Organized Chaos at Central Station (March 10th, 2022)
Germany: A Weekend that was All About Ukraine (March 7th, 2022)
Berlin: Just Another Day at the Train Station (March 5th, 2022)
Berlin Central Station: 1,000 Ukrainian Refugees Arrive within 20 Minutes (March 3rd, 2022)

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