As per the latest report, atleast 1 million people have fled Ukraine since the beginning of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, said the UN refugee council. UN calls this situation- the biggest refugee crisis in 100 years. The tally from UNHCR amounts to more than 2% of Ukraine’s population on the move in under a week. The World Bank counted the population at 44 million at the end of 2020.
Most of the people gathered in the railway station, some of them were disabled and were stranded in their respective areas. The people were unable to decide on their own to flee and needed careful assistance to make the journey to safety. The UN agency cautioned that the outflows were far from finished. It has been predicted that as many as 4 million people could eventually leave Ukraine, and even that projection could be revised upward.
The refugees, many of them children, have serious mental and physical disabilities and were evacuated from their care facilities once the Russian assault on the capital intensified. Filippo Grandi, the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees wrote on Twitter, : “In just seven days we have witnessed the exodus of one million refugees from Ukraine to neighboring countries.” “For many millions more, inside Ukraine, it’s time for guns to fall silent so that life-saving humanitarian assistance can be provided,” Filippo further said.
Poland, Hungary, Moldova, Slovakia, and other European countries have witnessed the rush of Ukraine residents into the countries as part of the evacuation. More than half of the refugees nearly 505,000 have gone to Poland, while more than 116,300 have entered Hungary and over 79,300 have crossed into Moldova, according to earlier figures. Another 71,000 have fled to Slovakia, and some 69,600 have gone to other European countries.
At the border of Moldova, the situation is more worse, that the climate is not favoring the condition. It is freezing near the border and blankets are covered with snow. Mothers with young children came wrapped in blankets and clothing, but the cold weather has made an already desperate situation even worse.
According to UNHCR figures, Syria, whose civil war erupted in 2011, currently remains the country with the largest refugee outflows and it recorded more than 5.6 million people after the outflow during the crisis.