UKRAINE – As Ukrainian officials had warned for weeks leading up to Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, various European countries to the west of Ukraine are seeing in massive influx of asylum seekers fleeing the carnage that invading Russian forces have unleashed on the Ukrainian people.
Multiple Western media outlets have cited Joung-ah Ghedini-Willians, who heads the UN’s children’s agency, as saying that more than 1.2 million people have fled Ukraine for neighboring countries. The announcement comes on the ninth day of Russia’s unprovoked and premeditated war against Ukraine.
“The rate of this exodus is quite phenomenal,” said Ms. Ghedini-Williams, the communications chief for the UN’s High Commissioner for Refugees, according to France24 report on March 4.
Likewise, the UN’s refugee agency has assessed that more than 4 million Ukrainian asylum seekers may eventually need protection and assistance.
Hundreds of thousands are already internally displaced, both UN agencies said.
The UN’s children agency reported that most of the fleeing Ukrainians and other nationals have gone to Poland, which has so far accepted 649,903 people, France24 reported.