German container terminal operator Hamburger Hafen und Logistik (HHLA) has brought 80 Ukrainian women, children and older people from Odessa, where it operates a box terminal.

Two coach loads of refugees arrived in Hamburg on Wednesday and a third bus with 40 more people fleeing their homeland is expected within the next few days.

Since the closure of its terminal in the port of Odessa after Russia attacked Ukraine, HHLA has sought to ensure the safety of its 480 employees and their families.