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Almost 11,000 Ukrainians have fled to neighboring Romania, minister says

A Ukrainian border guard officer checks a car at the Ukrainian Belarusian state border checkpoint Novi Yarylovychi, Ukraine, Feb.21, 2022. (Oleksandr Ratushniak/AP)
A Ukrainian border guard officer checks a car at the Ukrainian Belarusian state border checkpoint Novi Yarylovychi, Ukraine, Feb.21, 2022. (Oleksandr Ratushniak/AP)

At least 10,624 Ukrainians fled to Romania through the six border crossings between the two countries amid Russia’s invasion yesterday, Romanian Interior Minister Lucian Bode says, according to Reuters.

Bode says 3,660 of them passed through Romania on their way to Bulgaria and Hungary. Of the roughly 7,000 who stayed, only 11 requested political asylum, Reuters reports. The remainder are allowed to stay for 90 days without making such a request.

Some 100,000 Ukrainians have fled their homes since the start of the current conflict, according to the UN.

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