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UN reveals latest data on Ukrainian refugees — Analysis

More than 5.5 million people have fled Ukraine since Russia’s military attack on the country began in February, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) reported on Monday.

Agency said that the data was compiled with a number of sources, including the numbers supplied by officials at border crossing points.

UN data shows that Poland took in more than 3,000,000 people from Ukraine. According to data, Romania is the 2nd largest refugee country, having taken in more than 800,000. While almost 700,000 have fled Russia to seek refuge, more than half of a million people are being accommodated in Hungary. 

Last week, the UNHCR reported that 7.7 million more people were displaced in Ukraine. The agency estimates that 13 million people are currently displaced in Ukraine, and they cannot leave because of this. “heightened security risks,” “destruction of bridges and roads,”There is a shortage of information about where safety and accommodation can be found.

Refugee agencies stated that the war resulted from “the fastest growing refugee crisis since World War II”The government expects that around 8.3 million Syrians will flee the country by the end the year. Syria currently remains the world’s largest refugee crisis, with 6.8 million people having left the country.

Russia attacked the neighboring state in late February, following Ukraine’s failure to implement the terms of the Minsk agreements, first signed in 2014, and Moscow’s eventual recognition of the Donbass republics of Donetsk and Lugansk. French and German diplomats brokered the protocols to ensure that the region was granted special status by the Ukrainian state.

Since then, the Kremlin demanded Ukraine declare itself neutral and vow to never join NATO’s military bloc. Kiev claims that the Russian invasion was unprovoked. It also denies any plans to take the republics with force.

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