Ukraine War

UN reveals more than 8 million people displaced by the Russian invasion in Ukraine

Millions of families have been forced to flee their homes - with no idea what comes next. Photo: AP

U.N. statistics reveal that the fighting in Ukraine has displaced more than eight million people.

In addition, they indicate that almost six million refugee movements from Ukraine have been documented.

According to UNHCR, the U.N. Refugee Agency, the number of individuals forced to flee conflict, violence, human rights violations, and persecution has surpassed 100 million for the first time in history, driven by the conflict in Ukraine and other horrific wars.

"One hundred million is a staggering number that is both depressing and scary. It is a record that should have never been established "Filippo Grandi, UN High Commissioner for Refugees, stated.

He added: "The world response to Ukrainians escaping the fighting has been overwhelmingly favorable.

"Compassion is alive, and we require a similar mobilization for all global challenges.

"Humanitarian aid is ultimately a palliative, not a cure. The only solution to reverse this trend is peace and stability, so that innocent people are not forced to choose between extreme danger at home and risky escape and exile."

The data were disclosed as British Prime Minister Boris Johnson praised the youngsters of Ukraine, many of whom were forced to flee their homes, as role models for children and adults everywhere.

In it, he states, "we in the U.K. will never forget you."

On the battlefield, Russia maintained its attack in eastern Ukraine. It began driving an armored fighting vehicle dubbed "Terminator" throughout the Severodonetsk region to demonstrate its "determination" to conquer the territory.

Polish President Andrzej Duda became the first foreign leader in addressing the Ukrainian parliament since the Russian incursion earlier.

He informed the assembled parliamentarians that "worrying voices" claimed that Ukraine should yield to President Vladimir Putin's demands.

But he emphasized: "Only Ukraine has the authority to determine its future; nothing about you without you.

"If Ukraine is sacrificed for... economic reasons or political ambitions - even a centimetre of its territory - it will be a huge blow not only for the Ukrainian nation, but for the entire Western world."

At the World Economic Forum in Davos, Ukraine was also a prominent topic of conversation among many delegates.

Ivana Kylmpush-Tsintsadze, a former minister and Ukrainian member of parliament, told Sky News that she believed Europe's reliance on Russian oil and gas was subsidizing the rape and murder of Ukrainian children.

She asserted that Western states and corporations must cease "business as usual" with Moscow and advocated for an increase in heavy weapon shipments, a total gas and oil embargo, and stricter sanctions.

"If you pay Russian oil and gas firms, you provide the resources to continue destroying our towns and villages, murdering our children, and raping our women.

Publish : 2022-05-23 09:54:00

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