The number of Ukrainian refugees already exceeds 5.9 million

Refugee facility in Mazowieckie, Poland – Attila Husejnow / Zuma Press / ContactPhoto

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More than 5.9 million people have left Ukraine since Russia launched its military offensive on February 24, according to a balance updated on Tuesday by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), who fears that the data will exceed even 8 million in the coming weeks.

Poland, with 3.2 million refugees, is the country with the most arrivals to date, ahead of Romania (884,000), Hungary (573,000), Moldova (457,000) and Slovakia (404,000). UNHCR has registered another 739,000 refugees in Russia, although local authorities say there are more than a million.

The number of refugees adds to the 7.7 million internally displaced persons, that is, people who have been forced to leave their homes but remain inside Ukraine.

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