Over 1.7 million Ukrainians flee to Europe amid Russia’s invasion, says UN

8 March 2022, 12:22 PM

Over 1.7 million people have fled Ukraine since the beginning of the Russian full-scale war against Ukraine, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) tweeted on March 8.

“The humanitarian response must take into account women and girls’ unique needs, include women in decision-making, prioritize protection from gender-based violence,” the UNHCR tweeted.

More than 1.7 million Ukrainians fleeing Russia’s invasion have so far crossed into Central Europe, the Reuters international news agency reported on March 7 with reference to the UNHCR.

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“This is a million human tragedies, a million people banished from their homes by the war,” the Polish border guard service tweeted late on Sunday.

EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Joseph Borrell said the European Union could see as many as 5 million Ukrainian refugees if Russia’s bombardment of Ukraine continues.

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