More than 2.1 million people have been forced to leave Ukraine since the start of the military offensive launched by Russian President Vladimir Putin, according to a balance published Wednesday by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees ( UNHCR).
The agency, which considers this exodus the fastest recorded in Europe since World War II, already estimates almost 1.3 million refugees in Poland, the country that has received the most people since the beginning of the invasion on February 24.
Hungary has already registered more than 200,000 arrivals, while in Slovakia it is around 153,000. Romania and Moldova have 85,000 and 82,000 refugees in their territories, respectively, according to United Nations data.
On the other hand, UNHCR reports some 100,000 refugees in Russia, although the Russian authorities have assured that the figure would be higher, even close to 200,000. The rebels who control the breakaway regions of eastern Ukraine promoted evacuations even before Putin’s order to invade.