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“Among the responsibilities of those fighting wars around the world is the suffering inflicted on civilians who are forced to flee their homes,” said UNHCR chief Filippo Grandi.
“The war in Ukraine is so devastating that 10 million have fled either as internally displaced persons or as refugees abroad.”
UNHCR, the UN refugee agency, said 3,389,044 Ukrainians have fled the country since the Russian invasion began on February 24, and another 60,352 have joined the exodus since Saturday’s update — a stream roughly the same as the day before.
About 90% of the refugees are women and children. Ukrainian men between the ages of 18 and 60 can be drafted into the military and cannot leave the country.
UNICEF, the UN children’s agency, said more than 1.5 million children are among those who have fled abroad and warned the risks they face from trafficking and exploitation are “real and growing”. .
The United Nations International Organization for Migration (IOM) also said that as of Wednesday, 162,000 third-country nationals had fled Ukraine to neighboring countries.
Millions more have fled their homes but remain within Ukraine’s borders.
An estimated 6.48 million people were internally displaced in Ukraine as of Wednesday, according to a representative IOM survey, according to the UN and related organizations.
UNHCR initially estimated that up to four million people could leave Ukraine.
Before the conflict, Ukraine had a population of 37 million in government-controlled regions, excluding Russia-annexed Crimea and the pro-Russian separatist regions to the east.