A couple of million folks have fled Ukraine following Russia’s invasion, within the swiftest refugee exodus this century, the United Nations says.
“In simply seven days we have now witnessed the exodus of 1 million refugees from Ukraine to neighbouring nations,” UN refugee chief Filippo Grandi tweeted. “Except there may be a right away finish to the battle, tens of millions extra are more likely to be pressured to flee Ukraine.”
Russian troops have been within the centre of the southern Ukrainian port metropolis of Kherson on Thursday after a day of conflicting claims over whether or not Moscow had captured a significant city centre for the primary time in its eight-day invasion.
The seize of Kherson, a strategic southern provincial capital the place the Dnieper River flows into the Black Sea, is the primary important metropolis to fall since Moscow launched its assault on February 24.
Ukraine’s second metropolis Kharkiv continues to return underneath heavy Russian shelling, with police and college buildings among the many newest struck.
The Group for Safety and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) says a member of its observer mission died within the shelling.
Russia denies concentrating on civilians though there have been widespread studies of non-combatant casualties and the concentrating on of residential areas.
Russia on Wednesday reported its navy casualties for the primary time because the invasion started final week, saying almost 500 of its troops had been killed and nearly 1,600 wounded.