UN refugee agency fears mass displacement in Ukraine

The number of people displaced in Ukraine by fighting has nearly doubled in the past there weeks to at least 260,000 and more are fleeing

UN refugee agency fears mass displacement in Ukraine

World Bulletin/News Desk

More than one million people have been displaced by the conflict in Ukraine, including 814,000 Ukrainians now in Russia with various forms of status, the UNHCR United Nations refugee agency said on Tuesday.

Numbers displaced inside Ukraine by the fighting have nearly doubled in the past there weeks to at least 260,000 and more are fleeing, it earlier told a Geneva news briefing.

"It's safe to say you have over a million people now displaced as a result of the conflict, internally and externally together," Vincent Cochetel, director of the UNHCR's bureau for Europe, later told reporters. "I mean 260,000 in Ukraine, it's a low estimate, 814,000 in Russia, then you add the rest ... Belarus, Moldova, European Union."

"In terms of the ongoing fighting, in Donetsk, Luhansk and south of Donetsk oblast (district), we very concerned about the risk of further exodus," Vincent Cochetel, director of the UNHCR's bureau for Europe, told a news briefing in Geneva.

"The High Commissioner (Antonio Guterres) is very concerned about the risk of further displacement of major proportion in that part of the country."

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