Conflicts & War

UNHCR raises Ukrainian war refugee numbers to 2.3 million

Geneva, Mar 10 (EFE).- The number of Ukrainians that have been forced to flee to other countries as a result of the Russian invasion have reached 2.31 million in the first two weeks of conflict, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reported Thursday.

Poland is sheltering some 1.4 million of these refugees, while 214,000 are in Hungary, 165,000 in Slovakia, 97,000 in Russia, 84,000 in Romania and 82,000 in Moldova, according to the latest count by the UN agency.

Apart from this, there are an unconfirmed number of internally displaced people in Ukrainian territory, which already in the first days of the conflict was estimated at more than one million people.

This is the worst refugee crisis in Europe since the Second World War.

UNHCR chief Filippo Grandi, who recently visited Poland, Romania and Hungary, has lauded the European response to the crisis in recent days.

“It is, however, imperative that the international community steps up to provide much more support for the refugee response and for host communities, particularly in Moldova,” Grandi said on Tuesday, EFE


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