21 Mar 2022 16:05

Almost 3.5 million people leave Ukraine in past 25 days - UN

KYIV. March 21 (Interfax-Ukraine) - As many as 3,489,640 people have left Ukraine over a period of almost 25 days, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said in a report, as of 2 p.m. Moscow time on March 20.

About 2,083,850, or 59.7% of all the Ukrainian refugees, have left the country via the Ukrainian-Polish border, UNHCR said.

Romania and Moldova have thus far received approximately 608,110 refugees, Hungary 312,120 and Slovakia 250,040, according to UNHCR.

Recently, the Office has seen an increase in the numbers of Ukrainian refugees leaving the country for Russia and Belarus. The figures have reached 231,760 and 3,770, respectively. Whereas the cumulative number of Ukrainian refugees has grown by 18.2% over the past six days, the number of Ukrainians fleeing to Russia has increased by 62.1%. The flow of Ukrainian refugees to Belarus has grown threefold, according to the Office.

As the situation is developing, about 4,000,000 people may leave Ukraine, UNHCR said.

Under the UNHCR estimates, there are approximately 6,500,000 internally displaced persons in Ukraine right now.