The number of refugees fleeing Ukraine since the Russian invasion began on February 24 was 2.8 million, the United Nations reported on Monday.
The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) says 2,808,792 refugees have fled the country – another 110,512 since Sunday – making it the largest refugee exodus in Europe since World War II.
UNICEF says more than a million children have fled Ukraine in search of safety and protection.
“They need peace NOW,” the UN children’s agency added.
UNHCR initially estimated that four million people could leave, but last week agreed to revise that figure upwards.
Prior to the conflict, Ukraine had a population of 37 million in government-controlled regions, excluding Russia-annexed Crimea and the pro-Russian separatist regions of eastern Russia.
“People continue to flee the war in Ukraine every minute,” said the UN International Organization for Migration.
Some 127,000 third-country nationals, mostly students and migrant workers, are among the 2.8 million who have fled Ukraine, the IOM said.
Many refugees arriving in seven countries around Ukraine are moving to other states, especially Western Europe.
Here is the location of Ukrainian refugees, according to the UNHCR:
More than six out of 10 Ukrainian refugees are being taken to Poland, and there are now 1,720,227 in the country, according to the UNHCR.
Tens of thousands of people are also entering Poland from Ukraine – mostly returning to war but also caring for elderly relatives or returning to Poland to bring their families.
Prior to the crisis, about 1.5 million Ukrainians lived in Poland, the majority working in the EU nation.
Elsewhere in Europe
By the end of Friday, more than 304,156 states had fled Ukraine and moved to other European countries, according to the UNHCR.
There are now a total of 255,291 on Hungarian soil.
Hungary has five border posts with Ukraine and several border towns, including Zahony, where local authorities have turned public buildings into emergency refugee centers.
There are now about 204,862 refugees in Slovakia.
Another 8,882 people crossed Ukraine’s shortest border on Sunday, authorities said.
About 131,365 refugees have sought refuge in Russia.
In addition, UNHCR said 96,000 people crossed into Russia from the Donetsk and Lugansk regions of eastern Ukraine from February 18 to 23.
Many Ukrainians were fleeing the fighting through Moldova, a small nation of 2.6 million people and one of the poorest in Europe, on its way to western Romania and Hungary.
The UNHCR says there are 106,994 people in Moldova today. Odessa is the closest border to the main port city.
The non-EU state said 297,728 people had crossed into Ukraine on Monday.
UNHCR has not updated Romania’s statistics, but said on March 8 that there were 84,671 people crossing into Ukraine from the country.
Bucharest said on Monday that 412,017 people had fled the border, and most of them had fled to other European countries.
Another 14,475 Ukrainians entered on Sunday, including 6,612 directly from Ukraine.
About 1,226 refugees have arrived in Belarus, according to UNHCR.
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