Our reconnaissance mission in the town of Chelm on the Polish-Ukrainian border has ended after seven days. The team left for the return journey to Germany at noon today. On site, Veritas Ambulance now operates a casualty care centre. The three-member assessment team had identified the humanitarian needs in cooperation with the Björn Steiger Foundation, the Institute for European Affairs (INEA), Veritas Ambulanz and the local authorities.
The town of Chelm is located at the northernmost of eight Polish-Ukrainian border crossings. In the Lublin Voivodeship, the city is one of the first reception centres that refugees reach - by trains, buses and private cars. Every day, thousands of refugees - mainly mothers with children - arrive in the city of 65,000 inhabitants. They are provided with meals and accommodation and, if necessary, receive primary health care.