During her first official visit to the Lviv region, the U.S. Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Ukraine Bridget Ann Brink visited the 21st and 22nd academic buildings of Lviv Polytechnic, where internally displaced people have been living since the beginning of the full-scale war.
Together with the U.S. Ambassador, representatives of the International Organization for Migration, who help in creating quality living conditions for internally displaced persons, also visited Polytechnic. In particular, the IOM Lviv branch repaired shower rooms, built a ramp for people with special needs, provided washing machines and other important things for the work of the Center for Internally Displaced Persons.
The members of the delegation talked with people who live in the 21st and 22nd academic buildings of Lviv Polytechnic and saw, with their own eyes, life in the forced shelter of Ukrainians who had to flee from the horrors of the war brought by the Russian Federation with its armed invasion of Ukraine. Its head, Mykola Brych, spoke about the work of the IDP Center. In particular, about 350 people live here today, and the total number of internally displaced people who have been assisted at the Center is 6,500.
– We accept people from all corners of Ukraine, where active hostilities are ongoing. At the moment, from 20 to 60 people come to us every day, noted Mykola Brych.
Nataliya Chukhray, Vice-Rector for Education and International Relations, Lviv Polytechnic National University, who accompanied the delegation, added that the registration of refugees at the Center is carried out by volunteers, university students who actively help internally displaced persons. Nataliya Chukhray, on behalf of the University, invited the U.S. Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Ukraine to visit the main building of Lviv Polytechnic.
In memory of her visit to the Center, the U.S. Ambassador Bridget Ann Brink was presented with a flag of Ukraine with the signatures of volunteers and children living in the buildings of Lviv Polytechnic.