11,000 Ukrainian Men Illegally Cross into Romania, 19 Deaths Reported

Approximately 11,000 Ukrainian men illegally crossed into Romania from Ukraine between 2022 and May 2024, resulting in 19 deaths, including 11 drownings in the Tisa River. Romanian authorities have urged Ukrainian refugees to use legal border crossings and follow proper asylum procedures to ensure their safety.

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11,000 Ukrainian Men Illegally Cross into Romania, 19 Deaths Reported

11,000 Ukrainian Men Illegally Cross into Romania, 19 Deaths Reported

From 2022 to May 2024, approximately 11,000 Ukrainian men illegally crossed into Romania from Ukraine, according to the Romanian Border Police. During this period, 19 deaths were reported, including 11 drownings in the Tisa River.

Why this matters: The large number of illegal crossings and tragic deaths highlight the urgent need for safe and legal pathways for refugees fleeing conflict zones. This crisis also underscores the importance of international cooperation and humanitarian aid in addressing the ongoing war in Ukraine and its devastating consequences.

The illegal border crossings and tragic deaths highlight the ongoing challenges faced by Ukrainians fleeing the conflict in their home country. Many have sought refuge in neighboring countries like Romania since Russia's invasion of Ukraine began in February 2022.

Romania shares a 650-kilometer border with Ukraine and has received over 1 million Ukrainianrefugeessince the war started. While the majority entered legally, the high number of illegal crossings by Ukrainian men underscores the desperation and risks some are willing to take to escape the fighting.

The Tisa River, where 11 of the reported deaths occurred, forms part of the border between Romania and Ukraine. Its fast-moving currents and unpredictable depth make it a particularly dangerous crossing point for those attempting to enter Romania illegally.

Romanian authorities have called for Ukrainian refugees to use legal border crossings and follow proper asylum procedures to ensure their safety and access to support services. The European Union and humanitarian organizations continue to provide aid to Ukraine and assist refugees in Romania and other host countries.

The staggering number of illegal crossings and heartbreaking loss of life lay bare theimmense human tollof the ongoing war in Ukraine. As the conflict enters its third year, finding ways to protect and support those forced to flee remains a critical challenge for the international community.