Nearly five million Ukrainians have fled their country

While Moscow carried out dozens of airstrikes overnight in order to “liberate” eastern Ukraine, a total of 5.2 million people have fled Ukraine since the start of the war.

Nearly five million Ukrainians have fled their country since Russia invaded on February 24, the United Nations said on Tuesday, April 19, fearing the speed of this exodus and the fact that it could worsen. According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, 4,98589 Ukrainians have fled abroad, 46,174 more than their count on Monday.

The International Organization for Migration (IOM), also attached to the United Nations, determines that about 215,000 non-Ukrainians, mostly students and migrant workers, have also left Ukraine for neighboring countries, which means that about 5.2 million people have since fled Ukraine. The beginning of the war.

The main thing is for the borders to remain open, for people to have access to security, and when they reach neighboring countries, they can reach for helpA spokesperson for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Geneva, Shabia Mantou, told the press. Moscow launched dozens of air strikes on Thursday night and Sunday to “releaseEastern Ukraine, according to the Ministry of Defense. Kyiv accused the Russian forces of launching a major offensive in the eastern Donbass region. “We are watching with concern what will happen, but it is worrying that in five weeks we are approaching five million Ukrainian refugeesShabiya Manto explained.

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Women and children account for 90% of these refugees, and men between the ages of 18 and 60 are likely to be mobilized and have no right to leave. Nearly two-thirds of Ukrainian children have had to flee their homes, including those still in the country. There are more than 2.8 million Ukrainian refugees in Poland and about 750,000 in Romania. According to UNHCR figures, nearly 645,000 Ukrainians fled in February, about 3.4 million in March and about 945,000 since early April. In addition, nearly 7.1 million people have left their homes but are still in Ukraine, according to the International Organization for Migration.

Prior to the Russian invasion, Ukraine had a population of 37 million in the areas under the control of its government. This figure does not include (southern) Crimea, which Russia annexed in 2014, and eastern regions controlled by pro-Russian separatists.


Nearly six out of 10 Ukrainian refugees (2800,713) are in Poland, which by far hosts the largest number of them. Then many of them travel to other European countries. At the same time, 738 thousand people crossed the Polish border into Ukraine, according to the Polish border guards. Before the war, about 1.5 million Ukrainians lived in Poland, most of them migrant workers.


A total of 750,693 Ukrainians left their country to enter Romania, many of them arriving via Moldova, the landlocked between Romania and Ukraine. Most of them continued their journey to other countries.


The number of refugees in Russia rose to 535,842 on Tuesday. UNHCR also reports that between February 18 and 23, 105,000 people crossed from the pro-Russian separatist territories of Donetsk and Lugansk (eastern Ukraine) into Russia.


Total income 465,598 Ukrainians Hungary.


Moldova’s borders are closest to the main Ukrainian port of Odessa. According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, 425,227 Ukrainians entered Moldova, a former Soviet republic and a small country of 2.6 million that is among the poorest in Europe, on Tuesday. Most of these refugees continued their journey to other countries.


A total of 339,680 refugees from Ukraine have arrived in Slovakia since the start of the war, according to UNHCR figures dated Tuesday.


On Tuesday, 23,609 Ukrainians took refuge in Belarus, a close ally of Russia.


UNHCR specifies that for countries neighboring Ukraine that are part of the Schengen area (Hungary, Poland, and Slovakia), the figures provided by UNHCR count those who have crossed the border and entered the country. UNHCR believesThat a large number of people continued on their way to other countriesIn addition, the organization notes that it does not count people from neighboring countries who leave Ukraine to return home.

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