Number of Ukrainian refugees reaches 2.5 million, many children, UN says

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At least 2.5 million refugees have fled Ukraine since the Russian invasion late last month on Friday, according to Filippo Grandi, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.

This number includes more than one million children.

Grandi said the organization also estimates that around two million people have been displaced inside Ukraine. “Millions of people have been forced from their homes by this senseless war,” he tweeted Friday morning.

Ukrainian refugees wait at Przemysl train station in southeastern Poland on Friday, March 11, 2022. Thousands have been killed and more than 2.3 million have fled the country since Russian troops entered in Ukraine on February 24.
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Ukrainian refugees wait at Przemysl train station in southeastern Poland on Friday, March 11, 2022. Thousands have been killed and more than 2.3 million have fled the country since Russian troops entered in Ukraine on February 24.
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The International Organization for Migration said around 1.5 million refugees went to Poland while others fled to Moldova, Romania, Slovakia and Hungary.

Refugees wait in a crowd to be transported after fleeing Ukraine and arriving at the border crossing in Medyka, Poland, Monday, March 7, 2022. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber, File)

Refugees wait in a crowd to be transported after fleeing Ukraine and arriving at the border crossing in Medyka, Poland, Monday, March 7, 2022. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber, File)

Some refugees reported seeing Russian troops targeting fleeing civilians.

“The Russians promised to provide a (humanitarian) corridor, which they didn’t respect. They were shooting at civilians,” said Ihor Diekov, who crossed the Irpin River outside Kyiv with others on the wooden planks of a makeshift bridge after the Ukrainians blew up the concrete span to slow the Russian advance, said. “It’s absolutely true. I witnessed it. People were scared.”

Refugees stand in a group after fleeing war from neighboring Ukraine at the border crossing in Palanca, Moldova, Thursday, March 10, 2022.

Refugees stand in a group after fleeing war from neighboring Ukraine at the border crossing in Palanca, Moldova, Thursday, March 10, 2022.
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He said he heard gunshots and saw dead bodies on the road.

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“Yes, I saw corpses of civilians,” said refugee Ilya Ivanov, who fled Sumy. “They are shooting at civilians with machine guns.”

The Ukrainian government has accused the Russians of violating temporary ceasefires the countries agreed to let civilians leave besieged areas through humanitarian corridors.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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