Conflicts & War

UN: 5.2 million people have fled Ukraine

Geneva, Apr 25 (EFE).- Tens of thousands of Ukrainians continue to flee their country daily, bringing the number of refugees who have left the country since the war broke out in late February to 5.2 million, United Nations Refugee Agency data show Monday.

Poland hosts 2.9 million Ukrainians, while Romania has received 777,000, Russia 605,000, Hungary 492,000 and Slovakia 355,000, according to the UNHCR statistics.

It is the worst refugee crisis to hit Europe since the end of the World War II (1939-1945), and it nears other years-long crisis-provoked exoduses, including Venezuela’s (6 million people have left since 2014) and Syria’s (6.8 million in over a decade of civil war).

Over 7.7 million Ukrainians have been internally displaced, which brings the total number of people forced outside their homes to around 13 million, over a quarter of Ukraine’s population, according to the UN.

Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights on Monday reported that at least 2,665 civilians have been killed and 3,053 injured in the conflict.

The causalities are feared much higher since OHCHR has no access to besieged cities including Mariupol, Izyum and Popasna.

At least 195 children died and 296 were injured in the two months of conflict, according to OHCHR’s daily updated figures. EFE


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