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UN says 10 million people have fled their homes in Ukraine since war’s start

A refugee from the Ukrainian city of Mykolaiv, Ekaterina Mosha, 82, has a meal with her grandson Dmitrii, 3, after fleeing the war from neighboring Ukraine, at the border crossing in Palanca, Moldova, on March 19, 2022. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)
A refugee from the Ukrainian city of Mykolaiv, Ekaterina Mosha, 82, has a meal with her grandson Dmitrii, 3, after fleeing the war from neighboring Ukraine, at the border crossing in Palanca, Moldova, on March 19, 2022. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

Ten million people — more than a quarter of the population — have fled their homes in Ukraine due to Russia’s “devastating” war, says the United Nations refugees chief.

“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,” says UNHCR chief Filippo Grandi. “The war in Ukraine is so devastating that 10 million have fled either displaced inside the country, or as refugees abroad.”

UNHCR, the UN refugee agency, says that 3,389,044 Ukrainians had left the country since the Russian invasion began on February 24, with another 60,352 joining the exodus since Saturday’s update — a flow roughly the same as the day before.

Some 90% of those who have fled are women and children. Ukrainian men aged 18 to 60 are eligible for military call-up and cannot leave.

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