GENEVA: The head of the UN refugee agency hoped on Sunday (April 17) that peace would prevail over war, with more than 4.8 million Ukrainians fleeing their country since the Russian invasion.
“As Christians celebrate the Resurrection on this somber Easter Sunday, we must have the firm hope that in the days, months and years to come, the methods and language of war will not prevail over those, more difficult, more complicated, that lead to peace,” he said. UNHCR chief Filippo Grandi.
UNHCR said 4,869,019 million Ukrainians had left the country since Russia invaded on February 24, 32,574 more than Saturday’s total.
The UN’s International Organization for Migration (IOM) says nearly 215,000 third-country nationals, mostly students and migrant workers, have also fled to neighboring countries, meaning more than five million people in total have fled. of Ukraine since the war began.
It is one of the fastest growing humanitarian and displacement crises in history.
More than 2.75 million Ukrainian refugees have fled to Poland. About 740,000 arrived in Romania.
UNHCR figures show nearly 645,000 Ukrainians fled in February, nearly 3.4 million in March and more than 830,000 so far this month.
Women and children make up 90 percent of those who escaped, and men between the ages of 18 and 60 are eligible for military service and cannot leave.
Nearly two-thirds of all Ukrainian children have been forced to leave their homes, including those still inside the country.
Beyond the refugees, IOM estimates that 7.1 million people have left their homes but are still in Ukraine.
“In this season of renewal, our thoughts are with all those who have been forced to flee their homes and have had to rebuild the lives they left behind,” UNHCR said.
Before the invasion, Ukraine had a population of 37 million in government-controlled regions, excluding Russian-annexed Crimea and pro-Russian separatist-controlled regions in the east.
Here is a breakdown of how many Ukrainian refugees have fled to neighboring countries, according to UNHCR:
Nearly six out of 10 Ukrainian refugees – 2,763,786 so far – have crossed into Poland.
Many people who go to Ukraine’s immediate western neighbors travel to other states in Europe’s Schengen open borders zone.
A total of 738,862 Ukrainians entered the EU member state, including a large number who crossed from Moldova, wedged between Romania and Ukraine.
The vast majority are believed to have gone to other countries.
Another 484,725 refugees have sought refuge in Russia.
In addition, 105,000 people crossed into Russia from the separatist-controlled pro-Russian regions of Donetsk and Lugansk in eastern Ukraine between February 18 and 23.
A total of 458,654 Ukrainians have entered Hungary.
The border with Moldova is the closest to the main port city of Odessa. A total of 422,550 Ukrainians have crossed into the non-EU state, one of the poorest in Europe.
Most of those who have entered the former Soviet republic of 2.6 million people have left, but an estimated 100,000 remain, including 50,000 children, of whom only 1,800 are enrolled in schools.
A total of 335,243 people crossed the shorter border from Ukraine into Slovakia.
Another 22,827 refugees have arrived north, to Russia’s close ally, Belarus.