Over One Million People Have Fled Ukraine – UN Refugee Agency


More than one million people have fled Ukraine since Russian forces invaded the country last week, the head of the United Nations refugee agency has said.

Over One Million People Have Fled Ukraine - UN Refugee Agency
Women and children, fleeing from Ukraine, sleep at a makeshift shelter in the train station in Przemysl, Poland, Thursday, March 3, 2022. Photograph: Markus Schreiber/AP

Filippo Grandi said in a post over Twitter on Thursday:

In just seven days we have witnessed the exodus of one million refugees from Ukraine to neighbouring countries.

For many millions more, inside Ukraine, it’s time for guns to fall silent so that life-saving humanitarian assistance can be provided.”

It is the swiftest refugee exodus this century, the United Nations added.

Over One Million People Have Fled Ukraine - UN Refugee Agency
Indian national students evacuated from crisis-hit Ukraine by Indian Air Force Plane arrive at Hindon Air Force Station in Ghaziabad, amid the ongoing Russian invasion. Photograph: Karma Sonam Bhutia/Zuma Press Wire/Rex/Shutterstock


Ukrainian diplomats formerly based in Moscow arrived in Latvia on Wednesday evening, Latvia’s foreign minister said.

“Latvia welcomes Ukrainian diplomats who left Moscow and crossed Latvian-Russian border last night,” minister Edgars Rinkēvičs tweeted on Thursday.

Latvia said on Saturday it would give refuge to the diplomats after receiving their plea for help, Reuters reported.

Meanwhile, Hungary has evacuated 32 people from its embassy in Kyiv, including some Hungarian embassy staff, two journalists, 10 South African and 10 Nigerian nationals, the Hungarian foreign minister, Péter Szijjártó, said on Thursday.

He said the evacuated embassy staff and foreign nationals crossed over into Hungary overnight.

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