The United Nations says 1 million refugees have fled throughout the borders of Ukraine since Russian forces invaded every week in the past.
“In simply seven days we now have witnessed the exodus of 1 million refugees from Ukraine to neighbouring international locations,” U.N. Excessive Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi wrote in a tweet on Wednesday.
The brand new complete of refugees from Ukraine quantities to a little bit greater than 2% of the nation’s complete inhabitants of 44 million. In response to the United Nations Excessive Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), round half of the refugees are in Poland, with Hungary, Moldova and Slovakia being the opposite high locations, whereas others have fled to numerous different European international locations.
In simply seven days we now have witnessed the exodus of 1 million refugees from Ukraine to neighbouring international locations.
For a lot of thousands and thousands extra, inside Ukraine, it’s time for weapons to fall silent, in order that life-saving humanitarian help will be offered.
— Filippo Grandi (@FilippoGrandi) March 2, 2022
Grandi added in his tweet: “For a lot of thousands and thousands extra, inside Ukraine, it is time for weapons to fall silent, in order that life-saving humanitarian help will be offered.”
On Wednesday, the United Nations Common Meeting authorized a nonbinding decision condemning Russia for invading Ukraine and demanding that it withdraw its navy forces.
Wednesday’s vote follows after a collection of speeches throughout which the vast majority of international locations known as on Russia to finish the violence in Ukraine. The continued violence has continued for every week.
The decision handed overwhelmingly by a vote of 141-5 with 35 abstentions. The 5 international locations that voted in opposition to it have been Russia, Belarus, Syria, North Korea and Eritrea.
“The reality is that this battle was one man’s alternative and one man alone: President Putin,” stated U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Linda Thomas-Greenfield. “It was his option to power tons of of hundreds of individuals to stuff their lives into backpacks and flee the nation.”
“These have been President Putin’s decisions,” she added. “Now it’s time to make ours. The USA is selecting to face with the Ukrainian folks.”
NPR’s Joe Hernandez and Peter Granitz contributed to this report.