BUDAPEST, Hungary ( Associated Press) – Britain’s Prince Charles traveled to Romania’s capital on Wednesday to meet refugees, mostly women and children, from Russia’s war in Ukraine who have found protection in the neighboring Eastern European country.
The Prince of Wales visits the Romexpo Donation Center for Ukrainian Refugees in Bucharest. There, he met some of the nearly 1 million Ukrainians who have arrived in Romania since the war began on 24 February, and observed relief efforts being undertaken by the government and volunteers.
Speaking to a group of Ukrainians through an interpreter, Charles apologized for his lack of language skills, saying, “I wish my Ukrainian was better.”
“We feel so much for you, it’s a nightmare situation,” he said. “I am full of admiration for the Ukrainian people. Total, extraordinary courage and resilience. ”
During his visit, Charles received a gift from some Ukrainian children at the center: wooden spoons painted in traditional Ukrainian patterns.
“Wonderful, thank you, thank you,” said Charles to one of the children. “I like the way you portrayed him.”
Joining Charles were representatives of the Red Cross, the Salvation Army and the United Nations Refugee Agency, as well as the mayor of Bucharest and members of other state relief agencies.
According to the facility’s managers, more than 1,000 Ukrainians visit the charity center daily to receive free supplies such as food, hygiene products, clothing and shoes. Refugees also have access to social services and counseling during their stay in Romania.
The visit was the latest of Charles’s many engagements with refugees from Ukraine in recent weeks. According to the British Embassy in Bucharest, he last week visited a Ukrainian community in Ottawa, Canada, where he met a family displaced by the war.
According to the United Nations refugee agency, more than 972,000 Ukrainians have fled Romania since Russia launched an invasion of Ukraine.
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