More than 2.5 million Ukrainians have fled the country due to the Russian invasion. They go to Poland and Romania .
Amid Ukrainians fleeing their country following Russia’s invasion, some users are finding refuge through dating apps like Tinder .
The New York Times recounts a couple of testimonies of Ukrainian women who managed to escape the country on their way to Poland and, in this country, find lodging thanks to social networks.
“There are still honest people in the world”
Anastasia Tischchenko and her friend Natalia Masechko fled from Ivano-Frankivsk, a city located in western Ukraine with 230 thousand inhabitants.
They set up their Tinder account posting their plight and the exodus they are going through after the start of the conflict in their nation. The response on Tinder was immediate.
“I think there are a lot of honest people in the world, and some of them are on Tinder, ” Tischchenko told The Times . She was right. Several people swiped right on her profile to offer help, including a man who put Tischchenko and Masechko in touch with a shelter in Siret, a Romanian city on the southern border.
After remaining in this place, Tischchenko traveled to Poland, while her friend Masechko stayed in Romania to help the next wave of refugees.
On Friday, officials in Poland ‘s two biggest cities , Warsaw and Krakow, said they were struggling to accommodate all the people arriving in the wake of the conflict. Warsaw Mayor Rafał Trzaskowski warned that “the situation becomes more and more difficult every day.”
Since the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, more than 2.5 million people have fled the country , making it Europe’s worst refugee crisis since World War II.