Since Russia’s invasion started on February 24, more than 4.5 million people have escaped Ukraine, most crossing borders into neighboring countries, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said.
“The escalation of conflict in Ukraine has caused civilian casualties and destruction of civilian infrastructure, forcing people to flee their homes seeking safety, protection and assistance,” the UNHCR added in a statement on Saturday.
Poland has hosted the highest number of refugees, at nearly 2.6 million. Romania, Hungary and Moldova together have accepted nearly 2 million Ukrainian refugees.
“In light of the emergency and the scale of humanitarian needs of refugees from Ukraine, an inter-agency regional refugee response is being carried out, in support of the efforts of refugee-hosting countries,” the UNHCR added.