Refugees fleeing Ukraine are starting to reach western Europe and more than 7,000 people have arrived in France since the Russian invasion began, French Citizenship Minister Marlene Schiappa told journalists Thursday.
Of the total 7,251 people, who are "mostly women and children," 6,967 are Ukrainian nationals, France's Interior Ministry told CNN.
"We can see that things are increasing as the conflict progresses and today we have 25,000 places of refuge for these people," said Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin, speaking alongside Schiappa, adding that France has seen 3,000 arrivals in two days.
Darmanin added that he will visit Poland with the German Interior Minister before traveling to Romania on Friday.
The ministers’ comments come a day after France launched an inter-ministerial crisis unit to prepare for and manage the arrival of Ukrainian refugees in France.