US VP Harris Visits Romania as Ukraine War Rages On


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“Absolutely there should be an investigation, and we should all be watching,”

U.S. Vice
President Kamala Harris arrived in Romania Friday to discuss the growing
refugee crisis in the region — the second stop of her three-day trip through
eastern Europe.

 

Harris was
met at the airport in the capital, Bucharest, by Romanian President Klaus
Iohannis. The two were scheduled to hold talks late Friday on managing the
refugee crisis caused by the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

 

The U.N.
reports Romania – a nation of about 19 million – had taken in more than 84,000
displaced people as of Tuesday.

 

Other
countries on NATO’s eastern flank, including Hungary, Moldova and Slovakia,
also have welcomed tens of thousands of refugees. More than 2.3 million people
have fled Ukraine as of March 10, according to the United Nations, which has
warned that up to 5 million people could flee the conflict.

 

That would
make it the largest humanitarian crisis in Europe since World War Two.

 

Vice
President Harris arrived in Bucharest after she spent Thursday in Poland, where
she met in Warsaw with Polish President Andrzej Duda and Prime Minister Mateusz
Morawiecki, as well Ukrainian refugees. Poland has welcomed some 1.5 million
Ukrainians since the invasion began.

 

While in
Poland, Harris told reporters that she supports a U.N. inquiry into Russia’s
invasion of Ukraine that would look at “all alleged rights violations and
abuses, and related crimes.

 

“Absolutely
there should be an investigation, and we should all be watching,” she said.

 

Some
information for this report was provided by the Associated Press, Reuters and
Agence France-Presse.

 

VOA


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