Russia attacks Ukraine: 4M refugees have fled Ukraine, UN agency says

More than 4 million people have fled Ukraine since Russian troops invaded the country last month, the United Nations’ refugee agency announced Wednesday.

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According to the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, 4,019,287 refugees left Ukraine from Feb. 24 through Tuesday. Nearly 2.34 million – about 58% – of those people fled to neighboring Poland, the agency said.

The data also showed that about 690,000 Ukrainian refugees fled to Romania, 387,000 to Moldova, 365,000 to Hungary, 351,000 to Russia, 281,000 to Slovakia and 11,000 to Belarus, according to the agency’s website.

“We are confronted with the realities of a massive humanitarian crisis that is growing by the second,” the agency tweeted Wednesday, adding that 6.5 million people remain displaced inside Ukraine. About 13 million are “stranded in affected areas or unable to leave,” the tweet read.

High Commissioner Filippo Grandi tweeted Wednesday that he has arrived in Ukraine.

“In Lviv, I will discuss with the authorities, the U.N. and other partners ways to increase our support to people affected and displaced by this senseless war,” he wrote.

The Ukrainian refugee crisis is Europe’s largest since World War II, according to The Associated Press.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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