Some 2.5 million people have left Ukraine since the beginning of the Russian invasion

The number of internally displaced people is already around two million, according to UNHCR


Some 2.5 million people have fled Ukraine since Russia launched its military offensive on February 24, a “tragic” milestone that is likely to go further, according to forecasts by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

The head of UNHCR, Filippo Grandi, has lamented the high figure on Twitter and has also warned that there would be some two million internally displaced persons in Ukraine. “Millions (of people) forced from their homes by this senseless war,” he has criticized it.

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The UN estimates that four million people may end up leaving Ukraine if the conflict does not end, something that seems far away according to the declarations of the warring parties. Poland, with 1.5 million refugees, is the country with the most arrivals in the last two weeks.

Hungary accumulates some 225,000, compared to 176,000 in Slovakia, 105,000 in Moldova and 85,000 in Romania. In addition, UNHCR has registered some 100,000 refugees in Russian territory, although Russian sources cited by the TASS agency have raised the figure to 220,000 this Friday.

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