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Over 10 million Ukrainians forced to flee as war continues


More than 10 million Ukrainians have been forced to flee their homes since Russian troops invaded the country, according to the United Nations (UN).

UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi said around a quarter of Ukraine’s population had fled since Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the invasion last month.

In a Twitter post on Sunday, Grandi said, “Among the responsibilities of those who wage war, everywhere, is the suffering inflicted on civilians who are forced to flee their homes.

“The war in Ukraine is so devastating that 10 million people have fled – either internally displaced or refugees abroad.”

According to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), more than 3.3 million refugees have left the country in the past three weeks and millions more have been displaced within the borders of Ukraine.

In a March 18 message, UNHCR said: “The humanitarian reports received from these areas are horrifying and we continue to call for the protection of civilians and civilian infrastructure, respect for international humanitarian law and call on neighboring countries to continue to keep their borders open. to those fleeing in search of safety.”

The organization described the situation in the Ukrainian cities of Mariupol and Sumy as “extremely dire” where residents face “life-threatening shortages of food, water and medicine”.

He added that more than 200,000 people no longer had access to water in several regions of Donetsk, eastern Ukraine.

Meanwhile, in the neighboring region of Lugansk, constant shelling has “destroyed 80% of some localities, leaving 97,800 families without electricity”.

Newsweek contacted UNHCR for comment.

Putin insisted that Russian forces were carrying out a special military operation in Ukraine in order to “denazify” the country.

But the United States and its allies dismissed Putin’s description of the war and called the conflict an invasion.

Despite gaining territory early in the war, Russian soldiers are ‘unmotivated’ and the military is ‘poorly led’, former US Major General James Marks said in an interview with CNN on Saturday .

He said: “This Russian army which has been trying to modernize for the last two decades and has done a pretty good job of getting the right equipment and the right capabilities, but it is misdirected.

Confidence in Ukraine that it can withstand the Russian onslaught and emerge victorious has gained ground among its people.

A survey, published by the Rating Group on Sunday, found that 93% of 1,000 Ukrainians contacted “believe Ukraine will be able to repel Russia’s attack”.

The Rating Group, which describes itself as a non-governmental and independent sociological research organization, said: “Confidence in victory is prevalent in all parts of the country.

A woman and baby who fled war in Ukraine walk towards a humanitarian train transferring refugees to Berlin on March 18, 2022 in Krakow, Poland. Millions of people have been displaced in Ukraine.
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