Factbox: European and American companies step up to help Ukrainians fleeing war

A Ukrainian child waits for a bus to the Netherlands, after fleeing the Russian invasion of Ukraine, in Beregsurany, Hungary March 1, 2022. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo

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March 1 (Reuters) – Companies across Europe and the United States began offering aid to Ukrainian authorities and people fleeing war after Russia invaded, as hundreds of thousands of people are leaving their homes and heading for safety in Poland and other neighboring countries.

Here are a few companies that have since offered help. Others should follow in the coming days.

ENERGY

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TotalEnergies said on Tuesday it would provide fuel to Ukrainian authorities and aid for refugees in Europe, but did not join rivals Shell (SHEL.L) and BP in planning to exit from positions in Russia. oil-rich. Read more

THE INTERNET

More than a dozen telecommunications providers provide free international calls to Ukraine or waive roaming charges there.

Companies that have taken action are A1 Telekom Austria Group, Altice Portugal, AT&T (TN), Deutsche Telekom (DTEGn.DE), Orange (ORAN.PA), Proximus (PROX.BR), Swisscom (SCMN.S), Telefonica (TEF.MC), Telenor (TEL.OL), Telia Company (TELIA.ST), TIM (TLIT.MI), KPN (KPN.AS), Vivacom and Vodafone (VOD.L).

FOOD

Poland’s largest food retailer, Biedronka, said it would hire family members of its 1,800 Ukrainian employees, who would each receive a 1,000 zloty ($233) subsidy. It also pledged to allocate $1.2 million to provide basic food, hygiene and cleaning supplies to refugees.

The supermarket chain, owned by Portuguese Jeronimo Martins (JMT.LS), also announced on Tuesday that it would withdraw products made in Russia and Belarus, including Beluga vodka and Russian Standard.

ACCOMMODATION

Airbnb (ABNB.O) CEO Brian Chesky said on Monday that the rental company was working with its hosts to house up to 100,000 Ukrainian refugees for free.

Polish hotel chain Arche Hotels said on Saturday it had already hosted 1,000 refugees as it prepares to welcome 5,000, while its establishment in Lublin, 100 km from the border, collected bedding, clothes, books in Polish and toys for the children on the run. Ukraine.

Nordic Choice, one of Scandinavia’s largest hostel groups, said its Vilnius hotel will provide free accommodation.

HEALTH CARE

Private provider LuxMed said it was providing free medical assistance to Ukrainians, with doctors and paramedics stationed near the border, as well as Swedish Medicover (MCOVb.ST) which said it had launched a helpline in Ukrainian.

The Women’s Health Clinic in Gdansk, Nivique, offered free gynecological services to refugee women.

THE TRAINS

Poland’s PKP Intercity said on Saturday its trains would transport Ukrainian citizens from the border free of charge, while Deutsche Bahn (DBN.UL) is offering Ukrainian passport or ID card holders free travel on its trains. long-distance trains from Poland to Germany.

THE BUSES

Flixbus said it gave out 1,000 free tickets in the first 15 hours since it started offering the service on Sunday, and it will send 40 buses for free to the Ukrainian-Polish border with routes from Przemysl, near the main border. crossing of Medyka.

CARS

Panek CarSharing, which rents passenger cars and delivery vans across Poland, said on Friday it was allocating 1,000 cars for transport to the border with Ukraine, and invited car-free volunteers to volunteer to help.

Bolt told Reuters on Tuesday he would donate 5% of revenue from his ride-sharing, grocery delivery and other businesses in Europe over the next two weeks to humanitarian aid. The Estonian company has also pledged to pay to relocate 100 Ukraine-based employees if they wish.

LOGISTICS

Trans.EU on Sunday pledged nearly $500,000 in aid to Ukrainians and said it was organizing a network of transporters to bring supplies from Western Europe to Ukraine.

The CEO of Polish parcel locker company InPost (INPST.AS) said it would use part of its fleet and drivers to transport aid parcels collected by Polish communities to Ukraine.

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Reporting by Sarah Morland, Marie Mannes, Marta Frackowiak and Federica Mileo, editing by William Maclean

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