UN Reports 368,000 Ukrainian Refugees Have Fled War-Torn Country


The United Nations estimates 368,000 Ukrainian refugees have crossed into neighboring countries, with the bulk ending up in Poland, and others have sought safety in Hungary, Moldova, Romania due to the Russian invasion, and that number appears to be increasing by the day. 

"The number of refugees from Ukraine who have crossed to Poland, Hungary, Romania, Moldova and other countries is escalating and is now 368,000. The governments and people of those countries are welcoming refugees," UN refugee chief Filippo Grandi tweeted on Sunday.

Since Russian forces began a full-scale invasion of Ukraine on Thursday to "demilitarize" the country, a mass exodus of Ukrainians is underway to escape cities and towns, clogging up highways and railways as people moved westward towards Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, and Romania. 

The scale of the mass exodus could be the largest seen in years. The UN forecasts with cash, food, and fuel dwindling in Ukraine, as many as 5 million people could flee the country for neighboring ones. It may soon supersede Europe's humanitarian emergency in 2015 when more than a million Syrian, Iraqi, and Afghan refugees entered the continent. 

For now, Central Europe is welcoming Ukrainian refugees with open arms, and Poland is expected to accommodate up to a million new ones. Videos and pictures are circulating on Twitter showing the exodus at multiple border checkpoints between Ukraine and other countries. 

Poland, which has seen the largest influx, pledged their support to refugees. The US Army's 82nd Airborne Division is helping Poland with the inflow of refugees. As the conflict in Ukraine drags on, Europe's welcome mat remains open. 

(Article by Tyler Durden republished from Zerohedge.com)

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