On February 24, the Russian invasion of Ukrainian territory began and since then there has been a massive exodus of citizens who have become refugees. According to reports presented by the United Nations (UN), the figure reached one million on Thursday.
“In just seven days, a million people have fled Ukraineuprooted by this senseless war”, expresses the official statement from UNHCR, the UN refugee agency. In this sense, the report speaks of 1,050,000 people who fled, which represents more than 2% of the population of the country, which reaches 44 million, according to the World Bank.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo greatexpressed himself in this regard in the official letter: “I have been working in refugee emergencies for almost 40 years and I have rarely seen an exodus as fast as this. Hour by hour, minute by minute, more people have to flee from the terrifying reality of violence. There are innumerable displaced people within the country.”
Hour after hour, minute after minute, more people are fleeing the terrifying reality of violence. There are innumerable displaced persons within the country.
If the conflict is not brought to an immediate end, millions more will be forced to flee Ukraine. https://t.co/Zd57OARtqe pic.twitter.com/JbO5mPqvpJ
— Acnur/Unhcr Americas (@ACNURamericas) March 3, 2022
Poland is the main exit door and already received close to 550,000 Ukrainiansmore than half of the total, although other countries on the continent have opened their doors for the entry of new Ukrainian citizens, especially women and children after the measure promoted by President Zelenski to prohibit the departure of men between 18 and 60 years.
Poland, a country where 1.5 million Ukrainians already lived before the Russian offensive, people organize themselves on social networks to collect money and medicines and also offer free housing, food, work or transportation and the agency stated that “unless the conflict is brought to an immediate end, millions more people are likely to be forced to flee Ukraine.”
“Despite the extraordinary pace of displacement and challenges, the response of governments and local communities to receive these one million refugees has been remarkable. UNHCR staff have already been deployed throughout the region and we are expanding our protection and assistance programs,” they say.
On the other hand, it was noted that despite the fact that “international solidarity has been comforting and moving, nothing can replace the need to silence the guns, that dialogue and diplomacy succeed. Peace is the only way to stop this tragedy.”
Unicef also presented its latest reports and in this case it was estimated today that half a million children are among the refugees, noted that these numbers are expected to continue to grow in the coming days and that humanitarian needs multiply.
Meanwhile, the European interior ministers today reached a political agreement for the “historic decision” to grant temporary protection to refugees “fleeing the war” in Ukraine, although they did not specify whether the status will reach those who do not have the nationality. ukrainian