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Karolina Jeznach

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About Karolina
Currently: Contributing Reporter, The Wall Street Journal
Previously: Producer, Der Spiegel
German English Polish
Interview (Video / Broadcast) Documentaries News Gathering
Politics Current Affairs Investigative Reporting

Orioles’ Gunnar Henderson Nailed By Pitch As Yankees Seek Revenge For Aaron Judge Injury

20 Jun 2024  |  FreeREAD
Orioles' player Gunnar Henderson was hit by a pitch in a game against the Yankees, which is seen as a retaliatory act for an earlier injury to Yankees' player Aaron Judge. The incident highlights ongoing tensions between the two teams.

Ukrainian Children Brought to Camps in Belarus, Exposed to Pro-Kremlin Propaganda

26 Oct 2023  |  WSJ
Belarus, a close ally of Russia, has transported over 2,000 Ukrainian children, including orphans, to camps in Belarus where they were subjected to pro-Kremlin propaganda. This operation, supported by an agreement between Russia and Belarus, involved transportation by Russian Railways and funding from Belaruskali. The children were taken to Minsk and then to camps using buses from the soccer team Shakhtyor Soligorsk, owned by Belaruskali's CEO Ivan Golovaty. The effort underscores Belarus's support for Russia's war in Ukraine.

Polish Election Upends Right-Wing Ruling Party

15 Oct 2023  |  wsj.com
Poland's ruling Law and Justice Party (PiS) did not secure enough seats to form a government in the recent election, signaling a potential end to their governance marked by controversy over democratic freedoms and the rule of law. The opposition is poised to form a majority coalition, indicating a shift in Poland's political landscape amid the backdrop of Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

Fresh Leads Point to Poland as Hub for Nord Stream Sabotage

22 Jun 2023  |  Head Topics
New evidence suggests that Poland may be a central location involved in the sabotage of the Nord Stream pipeline. The investigation is ongoing, with significant implications for international relations and security in the region.

Mass Fish Die-Off on the Oder River: Environmental Catastrophe Makes Poland and Germany Look Bad

07 Oct 2022  |  www.spiegel.de
The article discusses an environmental disaster in Poland where a significant number of dead fish were found floating in the Oder River, starting July 26, with a noticeable chemical stench reported on August 5. The Polish government's response to the crisis is criticized for being slow and inadequate, with a ban on swimming and fishing issued only two weeks after the incident, during the peak of the vacation season. Political figures have been quick to speculate on the cause, with Krystyna Pawłowicz from the governing party suggesting German sabotage to influence Polish politics. Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki's response included firing key environmental officials and announcing increased penalties for pollution, despite the cause of the disaster remaining unknown.

The Washignton Post: Reporting

Poland's Refugee Miracle: Ukraine's Western Neighbor Rises To the Challenge in Crisis

30 Mar 2022  |  www.spiegel.de
The article discusses the refugee crisis in Europe, highlighting that since the onset of the Russian attack on Ukraine, over 3.7 million people have fled the country, marking the largest mass exodus in Europe since World War II. Poland has become the primary sanctuary for these refugees, with 2.2 million Ukrainian refugees finding safety there. This is in stark contrast to Poland's previous stance on refugees, as the country, under its nationalist conservative government, has been known for its tough approach towards refugees, particularly from Iraq and Syria, who were pushed back at the Belarus border.

The resilience and tears of Ukrainian refugees on the Polish border

21 Mar 2022  |  www.euronews.com
Ukrainian refugees on the Polish border display resilience amidst the pain and strength of their situation. The article recounts personal stories of refugees like Elizaveta, Lyuba, Veronika, and Lyudmilla, who share their experiences and the horrors of war. They express a strong sense of belonging and endurance, with a retired doctor affirming their determination to get through the crisis. The refugees' narratives highlight the values of justice, democracy, and freedom, which are also the foundational values of the European Union.

Der Spiegel: Reporting

Ukraine war: Distraught Ukrainians arrive in Polish border town of Przemysl

04 Mar 2022  |  www.euronews.com
Over 1.2 million people have fled Ukraine since the onset of the conflict, with a significant number arriving in the Polish border town of Przemysl. Refugees, including Alina Kosinska from Zaporizhzhia, are being welcomed and supported with examples of solidarity from across Europe. The UNHCR reports a peak one-day outflow of nearly 200,000 people, with the majority seeking refuge in Poland, Hungary, Moldova, and Slovakia. Ukraine and Russia have tentatively agreed to establish safe corridors and ceasefires for civilians to evacuate combat zones.

General Mobilization in Przemysl, a Key Stop in the Ukrainian Exodus

04 Mar 2022  |  euronews
Przemysl, a border town in southeastern Poland, has become an essential stop for Ukrainians fleeing to Poland due to the Russian invasion. Thousands arrive daily, and both authorities and residents have opened their doors to assist the families. The local cultural center, Maison du peuple ukrainien, has been converted into a reception center. Euronews journalist Monica Pinna reports on the situation, including stories of refugees like Ludmilla, a retired doctor, and Victoria Lykova, a karate champion and economics student. The refugees, coming from all over Ukraine, share a sense of outrage against the Russian military actions. Poland is preparing to host up to a million Ukrainian refugees, with a general mobilization declared and collections of food and clothing increasing to support the growing exodus.

On Poland’s border with Ukraine, U.S. military helps plan for possible war refugees

23 Feb 2022  |  Washington Post
The article discusses the preparations being made by the U.S. military and Polish officials for a potential influx of refugees from Ukraine in the event of a full-scale Russian invasion. The U.S. Army's 82nd Airborne Division has set up a base at the G2A Arena in Rzeszow, Poland, which is also equipped to receive refugees. Polish officials estimate up to 1 million people could seek refuge in Poland, which already hosts around 2 million Ukrainians. The European Union, through Commissioner Ylva Johansson, claims to be well-prepared, but local officials express concerns about readiness. The 82nd Airborne's presence in Poland is part of a larger U.S. troop deployment aimed at bolstering NATO's eastern flank. The article also touches on the local economic impact, the limited number of people currently leaving Ukraine for Poland, and the complex history between Poland and Ukraine.

Human pawns: the migrants trapped in a geo-political chess game

17 Dec 2021  |  www.euronews.com
Thousands of migrants remain caught in the standoff between Belarus and the European Union at the Poland-Belarus border. Despite diplomatic efforts, migrants are trapped in dire conditions, with some given shelter in a Belarusian warehouse. The crisis has escalated with increased Polish military presence and an exclusion zone, leading to pushbacks by both Polish and Belarusian forces. At least 12 refugees have died attempting to cross the border, with local activists and residents providing aid and burials. The situation is described as a geo-political chess game, with migrants used as pawns. Some migrants, like Ali from Syria, have managed to file for asylum in Poland after repeated attempts to cross the border.

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