Since the Russian incursion began last week, the United Nations refugee agency chief stated that over 500,000 people had fled Ukraine, with more than half fleeing to neighboring Poland.
According to a U.N. refugee agency spokesman, Poland has taken in the most Ukrainians, with 281,000. Hungary has accepted nearly 85,000 refugees, with Moldova, Romania, and Slovakia each taking in 30,000 to 36,000 refugees. Nearly 35,000 people have fled to other European nations.
Early Monday, in a tweet, U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, confirmed the half-million figure. More than 130,000 Ukrainians are said to have departed the nation in less than 24 hours; just a day before, Grandi tweeted that 368,000 had fled. The final figure could reach 5 million, according to a report released on Saturday by the agency.
More than 2.4 million people have already left Ukraine, which the U.N. estimates could grow to 5 million. Ukraine has more than 40 million people.
“Displacement in Ukraine is also increasing,” Grandi stated in a tweet over the weekend, “but the military situation makes it difficult to assess numbers and deliver relief.” He stated that more than 50,000 Ukrainian refugees had fled the country in the first two days of the attacks.