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Almost a quarter of Ukraine’s population has been displaced in 34 days of the Russian war: report


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Almost a quarter of Ukraine’s population of 40 million has been displaced since the start of the Russian war, just 34 days ago, according to a report.

New data from the UN Refugee Agency shows that over 10 million people have been directly impacted by the ongoing conflict, with over 6.5 million people displaced within Ukraine and another 3.7 million Ukrainian refugees forced to evacuate the country, fleeing to neighboring Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, and other countries.

More than 13 million Ukrainians forced to leave their communities are now stranded amid the ongoing war, with no way out of areas that have been shelled by Russian forces.

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Firefighters work at a site of a fire, as Russia's invasion of Ukraine continues, in Kharkiv, Ukraine March 16, 2022.

Firefighters work at a site of a fire, as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine continues, in Kharkiv, Ukraine March 16, 2022.
(REUTERS/Oleksandr Lapshyn)

Damaged roadways and demolished bridges make escape unobtainable, “as well as lack of resources or information on where to find safety and accommodation,” the UN Refugee Agency reported.

The devastation cannot be properly reflected in numbers alone.

Responders are seen at the scene after a building destroyed by a Russian rocket attack in downtown Kharkiv

Responders are seen at the scene after a building destroyed by a Russian rocket attack in downtown Kharkiv
(Photo by Wolfgang Schwan/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

Seemingly overnight, Kharkiv streets once reflective of European architecture and laden with eager merchants and busied motorists have been transformed into piles of rubble and ash, and photos and videos taken from these streets show whole areas vacated en-masse; children roaming without their parents, and residents carrying only their pets.

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“Today, millions in Ukraine live in constant fear. Indiscriminate shelling and heavy bombardments are forcing people to shelter in bunkers for hours day and night,” the UN Refugee Agency reported.

Lviv, Ukraine

Over 800,000 residents fortunate enough to remain in their homes are without power, the government said, as it was able to restore power for 150,000 others. 

The “massive humanitarian crisis… is growing by the second,” the UN Refugee Agency reported.

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The ongoing negotiations between Ukrainian and Russian delegations are making strides, but Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy expressed caution during his address Tuesday evening.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy speaks via video call to the Doha Forum in Doha, Qatar, Saturday, March 26, 2022.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy speaks via video call to the Doha Forum in Doha, Qatar, Saturday, March 26, 2022.
(AP Photo/Lujain Jo)

“The signals we hear from the negotiating platform can be called positive. But these signals do not drown out the ruptures of Russian shells,” he said.

The toll the country has taken will be felt for generations.



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