On Tuesday afternoon, Weißenkirchen police inspection staff in Wachau noticed a badly damaged car with a Ukrainian license plate on the B3 in the local area of Wösendorf. As reported by the Lower Austria State Police Command (LPD) on Thursday, “the windshield of the car was cracked and the rear windows and the rear window were covered with plastic film.” The officers stopped the car at Spitz.
The 30-year-old Ukrainian driver, his wife and parents fled Mariupol by car on May 14 through Russia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and the Czech Republic. As a travel destination, people referred to the home of their acquaintances in Italy. As the police stated in their broadcast, the car had several bullet holes and shrapnel damage. The police could not allow the vehicle to continue its journey and the repairs needed were beyond the family’s financial means.
Weißenkirchner police officers contacted Birngruber Krems. Their branch manager, Benjamin Brown, agreed to repair the damaged car for free. Weißenkirchen Mayor Christian Geppner has also been contacted. He organized accommodation and meals for the night at his mother’s guest house, Inge, in Spitz.
The family of four and their dogs only had a small amount of cash. According to the police, since escaping, they have slept in car parks or in refugee homes. After the repairs, they were able to continue their trip to Italy on Wednesday without incurring any costs.
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