The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, confirmed this Sunday that ten million Ukrainians have already fled their homes, either to other countries as refugees or within Ukraine as internally displaced persons, since the beginning of the Russian invasion on February 24. “Among the responsibilities of those who wage wars around the world, is the suffering inflicted on civilians who are forced to flee their homes,” Grandi lamented. “The war in Ukraine is so devastating,” he added on his Twitter account, “that ten million have fled, either displaced within the country or as refugees in abroad”.
More than 3.3 million Ukrainians have left the country since the beginning of the Russian invasion, according to United Nations data. Of these, more than two million have been taken in by Poland, and another half million are in Romania. To them are added the, at least, 335,000 refugees from the self-proclaimed republics of Donetsk and Lugansk, in eastern Ukraine, who have already reached Russian territory since the beginning of the invasion.