UN has said that over 3 million refugees have fled Ukraine in the 20 days since the war began and large Polish cities are overflowing with Ukrainian refugees and reaching their maximum “Capacity”.
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The Russian invasion of Ukraine has reached a new low point, according to the United Nations, which said on Tuesday that more than three million people have fled the nation since the assault began late last month.
In a recent statement, the UNHCR warned that “In the coming days millions more lives will be uprooted, unless there is an immediate end to this senseless conflict.” “This is now the fastest growing refugee crisis in Europe since World War II” the agency added.
11 days.— UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency (@Refugees) March 7, 2022
1.7 million people.
This is now the fastest growing refugee crisis in Europe since World War II.
In the coming days, millions more lives will be uprooted, unless there is an immediate end to this senseless conflict. pic.twitter.com/EnrKevyHPO
According to the UN, at least 1.7 million refugees left in the first 11 days, but the figure has now risen to 3 million on the 20th day.
Internal displacement in Ukraine is also fast increasing, and it is projected to generate a larger exodus into neighbouring EU countries like Poland in the next days and weeks, despite the fact that some significant Polish cities have begun warning that they have hit “capacity.”
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“The mayors of Poland’s two largest cities have said they are struggling to cope with the huge number of refugees arriving from Ukraine, as UN figures show more than 1.7 million people have crossed into Poland in the weeks since Russia’s attack began,” writes The Guardian of Warsaw and Krakow. Furthermore, the report states:
Kraków’s mayor, Jacek Majchrowski, said that the city was also reaching its capacity, with 100,000 people arriving in the past two weeks. “Kraków is slowly losing the opportunity to accommodate new waves of refugees,” he said, adding that places were now being offered outside the city.
“Access to conflict-affected communities in hard-hit areas like Mariupol and Kharkiv remains very restricted due to ongoing military activities and increased presence of landmines, exacerbating humanitarian needs by the day,” UNHCR spokesperson Shabia Mantoo said in a statement.
In the midst of a rising humanitarian crisis, the United Nations has called for an immediate ceasefire. “We need a ceasefire, we need a cessation of hostilities so that people can stop moving and even go back to their homes perhaps, but under the circumstances, they are all telling me they are afraid too much,” UNHCR chief Filippo Grandi said.
According to the Associated Press, the UN has counted at least 596 civilians slain since the Russian operation started; however, city leaders in Mariupol have claimed that 1,500 people have perished, strongly implying that the genuine civilian death toll is far higher at this point.