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Number Of Ukraine Refugees Passes Worst-Case U.N. Estimate

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Diana Konstantynova, 45 years-old, accountant from Vinnytsia, Ukraine, poses after an interview with The Associated Press at a refugee center in Brasov, Romania, Wednesday, March 30, 2022. The number of Ukrainians who have fled the Russian war reached the dramatic new landmark of 4 million people, the United Nations announced Wednesday, as Moscow kept up its attacks — even in places where it had vowed to ease its military operations. (AP Photo/Stephen McGrath)

(AP) — The U.N. refugee agency says more than 4 million refugees have fled Ukraine since Russian troops invaded the country.

The number reported on Wednesday exceeds the worst-case predictions made at the start of the war. The refugee agency announced the milestone in Europe’s biggest refugee crisis since World War II as shelling continued in Ukrainian cities where Moscow had vowed to ease its military operations.

Several refugees at the Polish border with Ukraine told The Associated Press they see no reason to trust Russia. Other U.N. agencies estimate that half of the refugees are children and that the war also has displaced 6.5 million people within Ukraine.

 

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