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Over 3.3 Million Flee from Ukraine, 6.5 Million Internally Displaced: UN

About 90 percent of those who fled were women and children (File)

Geneva:

More than 3.3 million refugees have now fled Ukraine since the Russian invasion, the United Nations said on Saturday, while nearly 6.5 million are considered internally displaced persons within the country.

UNHCR, the UN refugee agency, said 3,328,692 Ukrainians had fled since the war began on Feb. 24, with another 58,030 joining the exodus since Friday’s update.

“People continue to flee because they are afraid of bombs, airstrikes and indiscriminate destruction,” said UNHCR chief Filippo Grandi.

“Help is important but can’t stop the fear. Only stopping the war can.”

About 90 percent of those who fled were women and children. Ukrainian men aged 18 to 60 are eligible for military call and cannot go.

The UN International Organization for Migration (IOM) also said that as of Wednesday, 162,000 third -party nationals had fled Ukraine.

Millions more have left their homes but remain within the Ukrainian border.

About 6.48 million people were estimated to have lost their homes in Ukraine on Wednesday, following an IOM study.

UNHCR initially estimated up to four million people could leave Ukraine, but last week said the figure may be revised upwards.

Prior to the conflict, Ukraine had a population of 37 million in territories under government control, excluding Russian-inspired Crimea and pro-Russian separatist regions in the east.

The following is a breakdown of where Ukrainian refugees go, according to the UNHCR:

Poland

Six out of every 10 Ukrainian refugees – or 2,010,693 people so far – have crossed the Polish border, according to the latest UNHCR figures.

Tens of thousands of people also entered Ukraine from Poland-mostly those returning to fight but also others wanting to take care of elderly relatives or bring their families out to Poland.

But most of those arriving from Ukraine in neighboring Poland, Hungary and Slovakia then went on to travel to other countries in Europe’s Schengen open border zone.

“We estimate that a large number of people have moved to other countries,” the UNHCR said.

Romania

UNHCR says more than half a million Ukrainians have now entered Romania.

About 518,269 have reached the country, including people who have crossed over from Moldova to reach EU member states.

A large number are thought to have gone to other countries farther into Europe.

Moldova

UNHCR said 359,056 Ukrainians had crossed into non -EU countries sandwiched between Romania and Ukraine. It is the closest border to the main port city of Odessa.

Many Ukrainians fled the fighting transit through Moldova, a small country of 2.6 million people and one of the poorest in Europe, on their way west to Romania and other countries beyond.

Hungary

Ukrainian refugees who have crossed into Hungary totaled 299,273 people.

Hungary has five border posts with Ukraine and several border towns, including Zahony, where local authorities have turned public buildings into emergency centers for refugees.

Slovakia

A total of 240,009 Ukrainians managed to cross the country’s shortest border into Slovakia.

Russia

About 184,563 refugees have sought refuge in Russia.

In addition, the UNHCR said 50,000 people had crossed into Russia from the pro-Russian Donetsk and Lugansk regions in eastern Ukraine between 21 and 23 February.

Belarus

And 2,548 refugees have made it to Belarus, the UNHCR said.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

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