At least 677,000 refugees flee Ukraine: UN

New York: Some 677,000 refugees have fled the conflict in Ukraine for safety in neighboring countries, while around a million people are estimated to be internally displaced, the United Nations said.

The UN Refugee Agency chief Filippo Grandi said the number of people on the move was “extremely worrying”, as Russian troops pound cities in eastern Ukraine, on day six of Moscow’s invasion.

“We are looking at what could become Europe’s largest refugee crisis this century,” Grandi said.

Grandi said that around half had fled to Poland, whilst roughly 90,000 had reached Hungary, 60,000 Moldova, 50,000 Slovakia, and 40,000 Romania.

The United Nations launched an emergency appeal for $1.7 billion to provide urgent humanitarian aid to people caught up in the Russian invasion of Ukraine and refugees fleeing the fighting.

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