Nearly 1.37 million people have fled Ukraine since the Russian attacks began, according to the latest UN data on Saturday. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) counted 1,368,864 refugees on its dedicated site at 12:15 GMT, nearly 160,000 more than the previous count on Friday.
Authorities and the UN expect the flow to intensify as the Russian military continues to advance into Ukraine, with heavy fighting still raging around the capital Kiev.
“1.3 million people have now fled Ukraine in search of safety. Unless there is an immediate end to the conflict, millions more are likely to be forced to flee,” UNHCR said in a statement. a tweet on Saturday.
According to the UN, four million people may seek to leave the country to escape the war.
Before the conflict, Ukraine had more than 37 million inhabitants in areas controlled by Kiev – which does not include Crimea annexed by Russia or areas controlled by separatists.
Poland, which has championed the cause of Ukrainian refugees and where US Secretary of State Antony Blinken arrived on Saturday for talks with the country’s top officials, is taking in by far the largest number of refugees arriving since the attacks began. Russians.
In total, there were 756,303 refugees in Poland on Saturday, according to the UNHCR count, 106,400 more than on Friday and 55.3% of
In total. Before the crisis, Poland was already home to around 1.5 million Ukrainians, most of whom came to work in the EU member state.
Hungary received 157,004 people, or 11.5% of the total, and nearly 12,300 more than the day before, according to the UNHCR.
The country has five border crossing points with Ukraine and several border towns, including Zahony, have turned public buildings into relief centers, where Hungarian civilians offer food or aid.
UNHCR had not updated the number of refugees in Moldova on Saturday, which stood at 103,254 on Friday, or 7.5% of the total.
According to the UNHCR, some of the refugees continue on to Romania or Hungary, often to reunite with their families.
Some 101,529 people have fled Ukraine and taken refuge in Slovakia, or 7.4% of the total, according to the UNHCR.
In Romania, the UNHCR has 63,192 refugees, about 4.6% of the total.
Two camps were set up, one in Sighetu Marmatiei and the other in Siret.
The UNHCR also said that 133,876 people, or about one in 10 people, continued to other European countries after crossing the Ukrainian border.
The number of refugees in Russia remained unchanged at around 53,000, or 3.9% of the total.