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1 million refugees have fled Ukraine since the start of the war: NPR


A family arrives at the Medyka border post in Poland on Wednesday after fleeing Ukraine. The UN refugee agency said on Tuesday that one million people had fled Ukraine for neighboring countries since the start of the Russian invasion.

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1 million refugees have fled Ukraine since the start of the war: NPR

A family arrives at the Medyka border post in Poland on Wednesday after fleeing Ukraine. The UN refugee agency said on Tuesday that one million people had fled Ukraine for neighboring countries since the start of the Russian invasion.

Markus Schreiber/AP

The United Nations says one million refugees have crossed Ukraine’s borders since Russian forces invaded a week ago.

“In just seven days, we have witnessed the exodus of one million refugees from Ukraine to neighboring countries,” said UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi. wrote in a tweet on Wednesday.

The new total of refugees from Ukraine stands at just over 2% of the country’s total population of 44 million. According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), around half of the refugees are in Poland, with Hungary, Moldova and Slovakia being the other main destinations, while others have fled to various other countries. Europeans.

Grandi added in his tweet: “For millions more in Ukraine, it’s time for the guns to be silenced, so that lifesaving humanitarian aid can be delivered.”

On Wednesday, the United Nations General Assembly approved a non-binding resolution condemning Russia for invading Ukraine and demanding that it withdraw its military forces.

Wednesday’s vote follows a series of speeches in which the majority of countries called on Russia to end violence in Ukraine. The ongoing violence has been going on for a week.

The resolution was adopted by an overwhelming majority of 141 votes to 5 with 35 abstentions. The five countries that voted against were Russia, Belarus, Syria, North Korea and Eritrea.

“The truth is that this war was the choice of one man and one man only: President Putin,” said US Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield. “It was his choice to force hundreds of thousands of people to put their lives in backpacks and flee the country.”

“Those were President Putin’s choices,” she added. “Now it’s time to do ours. The United States chooses to stand with the people of Ukraine.”

NPR’s Joe Hernandez and Peter Granitz contributed to this report.




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