UN refugee chief warns Russian invasion will have ‘devastating consequences’

The head of the UN refugee agency is warning of “devastating consequences” of Russia’s military action in Ukraine and calling on neighboring countries to keep their borders open for people fleeing the fighting.

Filippo Grandi, the UN high commissioner for refugees, points to “reports of casualties and people starting to flee their homes to seek safety,” without elaborating.

He says in a statement that UNHCR has stepped up its operations and capacity in Ukraine and its neighboring countries, without providing details.

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