UN: Over 1.5 Million People Flee Ukraine in Europe’s Fastest-Growing Refugee Crisis Since World War II

The Russian invasion on Ukraine has triggered the fastest-growing refugee crisis in Europe since the World War II, the head of the United Nations (UN) refugee agency said.

“More than 1.5 million refugees from Ukraine have crossed into neighboring countries in 10 days,” UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi said on Twitter on March 6 as he visits the countries bordering Ukraine.

According to UN data, most refugees — over 885,000 — have fled to Poland while others have gone to Hungary, Slovakia, Moldova, Romania, and other European countries.

Large numbers of Ukrainian civilians continue to flee as Russia continues to bomb cities, including Mariupol where planned evacuation has been cancelled after Ukrainian officials accused Russian troops of violating a ceasefire agreement.

“In the coming days, millions more lives will be uprooted, unless there is an immediate end to this senseless conflict,” the UN refugee agency warned.

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