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According to the High Commissioner for Refugees, Europe can expect 3 million more refugees in the next few days

UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi said in an interview on Monday that more than 5 million people have been displaced as part of Russia’s incursion into Ukraine, calling it Europe’s worst humanitarian crisis since. the Second World War.

We project ourselves into the worst scenario. There are more than five million people in Ukraine, or 10-15% of the population, who have been driven from their homes. Of these, more than half are already out of the country but at this rate there will be 3 million more in a few days“said the high commissioner in an interview with the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera.

According to Grandi, more than 2 million people are currently moving west, forced to abandon their homes out of fear for their safety, and almost a third of Ukraine’s population of 40 million is in dire straits due to hostilities.

The amazing thing is that this image materialized in just two weeks, not five years.,” he added. According to Grandi, this is the worst refugee crisis in Europe since World War II, and even the situation with the Balkan wars, which developed over eight years, was less serious. describes the situation he witnessed at the Moldovan border, where he saw families separated and men returning to fight.

Speaking on the UN’s handling of the crisis, Grandi said UN representatives would stay in Ukraine for as long as possible, adding that he was “fortunately Ukrainians have so many connections in Europe, where there are large and well-established communitieswhich simplified temporary accommodation and removed the need for large reception centres. He added, however, that it was important to follow developments in the situation and the movement of refugees.

Moscow attacked its neighbor in late February, after a seven-year standoff over Ukraine’s failure to implement the terms of the Minsk agreements and Russia’s eventual recognition of the Donbass republics in Donetsk and Lugansk. The protocols negotiated by Germany and France were designed to regularize the status of regions within the Ukrainian state.

Russia has now demanded that Ukraine officially declare itself a neutral country that will never join NATO. kyiv insists the Russian offensive was unprovoked and has denied claims it planned to retake the two republics by force.

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