UN: Nearly 5.2 million people have fled Ukraine

Ukrainian refugeesPhoto: AP Photo / Leo Correa

The number of Ukrainians who have fled their home country due to the war is approaching 5.2 million, the UN refugee agency UNHCR stated in its latest update.

A total of 5,186,744 Ukrainians have fled to other countries since Russia launched its war of aggression against Ukraine on February 24, the UNHCR said on Sunday. That is an increase of 23,058 from Saturday’s figure.

So far in April, more than 1,151,000 Ukrainians have fled the country. In March, 3.4 million Ukrainians fled.

In addition, about 7.7 million Ukrainians are displaced within their own country. About two-thirds of all Ukrainian children have fled their homes, according to the United Nations. That number includes internally displaced persons and those who have fled to another country.

The vast majority of refugees have traveled to Poland. 2,899,713 Ukrainian refugees have been registered here, according to the UNHCR. Romania and Hungary have received 774,074 and 489,754 Ukrainians, respectively. Moldova has received 433,214 and Slovakia 354,329.

According to UN figures, 578,255 Ukrainians have gone to Russia. In addition, about 105,000 Ukrainians have traveled to Russia from the separatist-controlled areas of eastern Ukraine. A total of 24,084 Ukrainians have crossed the border into Belarus.

Ukrainian authorities have accused Russia of deporting Ukrainians to Russian territory.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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