UNHCR: Almost 3.5 million people have fled Ukraine

Photo: AP Photo / Steffi Loos

A total of 3,489,644 Ukrainians have fled to neighboring countries since Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

90% of the refugees are women and children, as Ukrainian authorities prohibit men between the ages of 18 and 60 from leaving the country.

The UN also estimates that the acts of war have driven more than 6.5 million to flee within their own country.

“For the past four weeks, the world has been watching in disbelief. Countless lives have been lost, while millions of others have had their lives turned upside down,” UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi stated.

“As a counterweight to the despair, we have witnessed the overwhelming welcome and compassion the refugees have experienced in the neighboring countries,” he added.

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

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