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Ten million people have been displaced from their homes in Ukraine, according to the United Nations

Ten million people have been displaced from their homes in Ukraine, according to the United Nations

Ten million people or more than a quarter of the population UkraineThey have now fled their homes because of the “devastating” war they waged RussiaUN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grande said Sunday.

“The war in Ukraine is so devastating that 10 million people have been displaced internally or abroad as refugees,” Filippo Grandi said on Twitter.

“Everywhere you look today, the tide of protectionist sentiment is flowing.

Refugees mainly go to border countries

Celine Schmidt, spokeswoman for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), estimates that the number of Ukrainian refugees in neighboring countries is 3.4 million. According to a spokesman, Poland has more than 2 million Ukrainian refugees. Other countries bordering Ukraine, such as Hungary, Romania, Slovakia and Moldova, hold large numbers of refugees.

“Many refugees continue on the road to countries with which they have acquaintances and families. We do not have accurate statistics on which countries refugees are coming from. People also know these figures when they take action. An example of obtaining temporary protection,” he explains.

Celine Schmidt estimates that nearly 6.5 million Ukrainians have been internally displaced in their home country. “They are moving towards areas that are looking for protection, so they are moving towards the central and western parts of the country,” he analyzes.

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90% are women and children

According to the UNHCR, 90% of the survivors are women and children. Men between the ages of 18 and 60 can call and leave. UNICEF, a UN children’s organization, said more than 1.5 million children had fled abroad, and warned that the risks of human trafficking and exploitation they faced were “real and growing.”

Prior to the conflict, Ukraine had a population of 37 million in government-controlled areas, excluding Russian-annexed Crimea and pro-Russian separatist areas in the east.