GENEVA (AP) — The U.N. refugee company stated Monday that greater than 500,000 individuals have fled Ukraine since Russia invaded the nation final week.
U.N. Excessive Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi gave the estimate in a tweet:
The newest and nonetheless rising rely had 281,000 individuals coming into Poland, greater than 84,500 in Hungary, about 36,400 in Moldova, over 32,500 in Romania and about 30,000 in Slovakia, UNHCR spokeswoman Shabia Mantoo stated.
The remainder had been scattered in unidentified different nations, she stated.
One other prepare carrying a whole lot of refugees from Ukraine arrived early Monday within the city of Przemysl in southeastern Poland.
In winter coats to guard them towards near-freezing temperatures, with small suitcases, they lined up on the platform to the exit. Some waved on the cameras to indicate they felt reduction to be out of the conflict zone. Many had been making telephone calls.
The welcome that Poland and Hungary are exhibiting Ukrainians now may be very totally different from the unwelcoming stance they’ve had towards refugees and migrants from the Center East and Africa in recent times. Hungary constructed a wall to maintain them out when 1,000,000 individuals, many Syrians fleeing conflict, arrived in Europe in 2015.
Poland is now constructing its personal wall with Belarus after hundreds of largely Center Jap migrants sought to enter from Belarus in previous months. The EU accused Russia-backed Belarus of encouraging that migration surge to destabilize the EU. A few of these individuals denied entry into Poland died in forests.
However Ukrainians are seen very in a different way by Poles and others as a result of they’re largely Christian, and, for the Poles, fellow Slavs with related linguistic and cultural roots.
Transcarpathia, Ukraine’s westernmost area which borders Hungary, can be house to about 150,000 ethnic Hungarians, lots of whom are additionally Hungarian residents. Whereas Russia’s invasion has not but prolonged to that space, which is separated from the remainder of Ukraine by the Carpathian Mountains, many have determined to not look ahead to the scenario to worsen.