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More Than 1.5 Million Refugees Have Fled Ukraine In 10 Days – UN

People try to get on a bus as they leave Kyiv, Ukraine, Thursday, Feb. 24, 2022. (Emilio Morenatti)

 

The number of people fleeing the conflict in Ukraine has passed the 1.5 million mark, constituting the fastest refugee crisis in Europe since the Second World War, alerted the UN on Sunday.

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“More than 1.5 million refugees from Ukraine have crossed to neighboring countries in ten days. This is the fastest-growing refugee crisis in Europe since World War II,” it said in a tweet the High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees reported on Saturday nearly 1.37 million refugees.

The authorities and the UN expect the flow to intensify further, as the Russian army continues its military operation, particularly in Kiev, the Ukrainian capital.

Poland is the main host country for the flow of refugees, which followed the first hostilities.

Since February 24, the start of the Russian military operation in Ukraine, 922,400 people fleeing the conflict have entered Poland, Polish border guards announced on Sunday morning.

The day before, Saturday, arrivals reached a record level with 129,000 travellers, the vast majority of citizens of Ukraine, but also from several other countries including Poland, Uzbekistan, Belarus, India, Nigeria, Algeria, Morocco, Afghanistan, Pakistan, the United States and Russia, according to the same source.

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