The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) issued a statement this week saying it estimates about a quarter of Ukrainian residents have been displaced in the last month since the Russian invasion.
Karolina Lindholm Billing, UNHCR’s Representative to Ukraine, spoke at a press briefing in Geneva on Friday, where she told reporters more than ten million Ukrainians have been displaced both inside and outside Ukrainian borders, making up about a quarter of the country’s population.
“Today, we are confronted with the realities of a massive humanitarian crisis that is growing by the second. The seriousness of the situation cannot be overstated,” Billing said.
According to UNHCR, there are currently over 6.5 million people displaced inside Ukraine, and another 3.7 million who have fled the country since the late February invasion by Russia.
The UN agency has workers on the ground in Ukraine, who are attempting to get aid to as many refugees and displaced people as possible, including food, money, medical care, and other necessities. “The most effective form of humanitarian relief would be a halt to this war,” UNHCR wrote on its website. “In the meantime, we must continue to do everything we can to support all those affected.”
ARTICLE: LAURA SPIVAK
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