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Almost a million Ukrainian refugees have returned to their country

While millions of Ukrainians have fled their country since the start of the Russian invasion, nearly a million refugees have also returned to Ukraine as tensions ease in parts of the country.

In the past week alone, around 330,000 Ukrainian refugees have returned to their country, with a total of 870,000 so far. A Ukrainian Border Security spokesman said between 25,000 and 30,000 Ukrainians are returning to the country every day.

While nearly a million people have returned, the number of those who have fled the country still far exceeds those who have returned, as an estimated 4.6 million people have fled the country since the conflict with Russia began in February, according to the European Union-funded InfoMigrants website. reports.

According to Ukraine’s border security spokesperson, most of the returnees are women, children and the elderly. “They say they see the situation is safer, especially in the western regions, and they can no longer stay abroad,” the spokesperson said.

The development comes as Russian forces have reportedly begun to withdraw from parts of the country’s north and have even lifted the siege of kyiv.

Following the withdrawal of Russian forces from the area, Ukrainian forces claim to have found bodies of civilians in the streets of various neighborhoods of the capital. In the suburb of Bucha, Ukraine claimed Russian forces carried out a massacre of civilians, which some, like US President Joe Biden, have called a war crime.

The return of Ukrainian refugees to their country of origin can be a logistical relief for countries like Poland, which has taken in the largest share of Ukrainians since the start of the conflict.

Last month, the mayor of Warsaw appealed for international help due to the large number of refugees as the city struggled to provide housing for all new arrivals.

Follow Chris Tomlinson on Twitter at @TomlinsonCJ or by e-mail at ctomlinson(at)


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