10 million people forced to flee their homes in Ukraine: UN

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New Delhi: Russia began invasion of Ukraine on February 24 and since then, 10 million people have been forced to flee their homes in Kyiv, UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi said on Sunday.

“Among the responsibilities of those who wage war, everywhere in the world, is the suffering inflicted on civilians who are forced to flee their homes,” the UN High Commissioner for Refugees tweeted.

He further said, “The war in Ukraine is so devastating that 10 million have fled – either displaced inside the country, or as refugees abroad.” 

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) said as of March 16, 6.48 million people have been internally displaced. 

A report by CNN quoted UNICEF spokesperson Joe English on Sunday saying that at least 1.5 million children have been made refugees by Russia’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine. A further 3.3 million minors are currently displaced within the country. 

“Each of these is an individual child whose life has been torn apart, whose world has been turned upside down,” English said.

(Inputs from CNN)

first published:March 20, 2022, 8:08 p.m.

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