The UN has documented 1,480 civilian deaths since Russia invaded Ukraine but assumes the number is significantly higher. More than 11 million people have been forced to flee.
In addition to those killed, the UN has collected information on 2,195 wounded civilians, UN envoy Rosemary DiCarlo told the Security Council. The figures come from the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, OHCHR. The organization assumes that the real numbers are significantly higher and that many cases have not been reported.
At the same time, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) states that 4.25 million people have fled Ukraine since the war began. In addition, the United Nations Organization for Migration, IOM, estimates that around 7.1 million people are internally displaced. Thus, more than a quarter of the country’s population has been forced to flee.
“It is very important that the hostilities cease so that humanitarian aid can reach everyone affected,” the IOM stated.
Mostly women and children
Women and children make up around 90% of those who have left the country, while men aged 18-60 aren’t allowed to travel.
Most of the refugees – around 2.5 million people – have crossed the border into Poland. Before the war, about 1.5 million Ukrainians lived in the country. Romania, Moldova, and Hungary have also received hundreds of thousands of refugees from Ukraine.
By the end of March, about 350,000 people had fled to Russia, according to the UNHCR. In addition, 113,000 people entered Russia from the rebel-held areas of Luhansk and Donetsk in the days before the war started.
Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews
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