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Number of refugees fleeing Ukraine war exceeds 5 million-UN agency -Breaking


© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Ukrainian refugees stroll after crossing the Ukraine-Poland border, amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine, in Medyka close to Przemysl, Poland, April 10, 2022. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

By Michael Kahn

PRAGUE (Reuters) – The variety of individuals fleeing Ukraine to flee Russia’s invasion has handed 5 million in Europe’s worst refugee disaster because the finish of World Struggle Two, U.N. refugee company mentioned on Wednesday.

Russia’s invasion has triggered a large displacement of individuals within the practically eight weeks because it started, together with greater than 7 million Ukrainians throughout the nation. U.N. knowledge confirmed that 5.03 million had fled Ukraine as of Wednesday.

Most have crossed to the European Union via border factors in Poland, Slovakia, Hungary and Romania the place volunteers and governments have scrambled to assist the principally girls and kids refugees discover jobs, lodging and to supply them assist.

“Once you take a look at the variety of refugees in central Europe, the quantity is unprecedented,” mentioned Jakub Andrle, the Migration Program Coordinator at Individuals in Want, a Prague-based support group working in Ukraine.

“It’s also vital to recollect the numbers can enhance quickly from day-to-day relying on the state of affairs on the bottom.”

Russia launched what it calls a “particular army operation” on Feb. 24 to demilitarise and “denazify” Ukraine. Kyiv and its Western allies reject that as a false pretext. Russia has denied utilizing banned weapons or focusing on civilians.

Greater than half the refugees have entered the European Union via Poland the place many had household and different connections dwelling within the area’s largest pre-war Ukrainian group.

In central and japanese Europe, many residents rushed to the border on the outset of the battle, bringing provides to weary refugees, lots of whom endured lengthy and harrowing journeys to security.

Now the main target has shifted to the long term as cities attain housing capability, mentioned Individuals in Want migration programme coordinator Katarina Pleskot Kollarova. Many stay in momentary housing with households or lodges that want the house for the upcoming vacationer season, she added.

“The primary response was actually good however now governments want to consider the long-term perspective,” mentioned Kollarova, whose group has some 140 individuals working in Ukraine.

“It’s getting troublesome, for instance, to seek out locations in Prague and it’s tougher to maintain huge households collectively.”