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By EpicPupper

While the news during the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine can certainly be somber, it is important to always look on the bright side. Here we feature two pieces of positive news to make your day better.

Poland accepts Ukrainian refugees

Copied from 2022 Ukrainian refugee crisis#Poland with minor modifications
As early as February 15, Poland was expecting a possible Russian attack on Ukraine. The Polish government asked communities to prepare for up to a million refugees. By 23 March 2022, more than 2.2 million Ukrainian refugees had entered Poland. Poland greatly reduced the usual border formalities, and said that various identity documents would be accepted.
Girl in pink coat and pink hat with train in the background
A young refugee in Przemyśl train station in Poland
Assembly points for refugees have opened in every district of Poland. Local authorities are providing free accommodation, food and other necessary supplies. Apart from that, a huge number of citizens and organizations are voluntarily offering assistance, free accommodation and other help. Websites with information for refugees are also in Ukrainian. The government is preparing legal changes that would simplify employment of Ukrainians in Poland, since currently a working visa is required as Ukrainians are from outside of the EU.

President of the European Council Charles Michel visited the Polish-Ukrainian border crossing on 2 March and praised Polish efforts "to guarantee safe passages for Ukrainians, for European citizens" and those from other countries "without any discrimination". In a later interview for France Inter he denounced alleged claims of racism of Ukrainian and Polish serviceman as "Russian propaganda" and part of Russia's information warfare. Many observers believe that most are likely to stay in Poland and other Central European countries because "tight labor markets, affordable cities and a pre-existing diaspora have made those countries more appealing alternatives for Ukrainians, who find options slimmer in Europe's west".

Ship crewed by Russian military saved by Ukrainian authorities

Copied from MV Millennial Spirit with minor modifications
Millennial Spirit under previous name Freyja

The MV Millennial Spirit is a Moldovan chemical tanker which transports diesel fuel. Built in 1974, the ship was previously known as MV Freyja under the ownership of an Icelandic shipping firm. On 25 February 2022, the Millennial Spirit was carrying 600 tons of diesel fuel while transiting through the Black Sea. Russian warships involved in the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine reportedly shelled the tanker 22 km (12 nmi) south of the Ukrainian port of Yuzhne while it was underway. The ship's crew were stated to be Russian by Moldova's naval agency; two were injured and all were forced to abandon ship in lifejackets. All of the crew were rescued by Ukrainian authorities, however, and those injured were sent to the hospital.

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