Since the beginning of Russia’s full-scale military invasion, more than 4 million people have fled Ukraine in search of safety and protection.
“I will discuss with the authorities, the UN and other partners ways to increase our support to people affected and displaced by this senseless war,” United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi posted on Twitter.
At the same time, the UN Refugee Agency notes that at least 6.5 million Ukrainian citizens have been displaced internally within Ukraine. Millions more are estimated to be stranded in affected areas or unable to leave due to heightened security risks, destruction of bridges and roads or other reasons.
“We face the realities of a large-scale humanitarian crisis that is growing by the second,” the UN Refugee Agency stated.
According to UNICEF, about 2 million children have left Ukraine since the start of the war, and another 2.5 million are considered internally displaced.
Poland has received about 1.1 million Ukrainian refugee children, and hundreds of thousands more have arrived in Romania, Moldova, Hungary, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic.
According to experts, Russia’s war against Ukraine has provoked the biggest migrant crisis in Europe since World War II.