Ukraine Refugee Count Soars over 1 Million as Citizens Flee Russian Invasion
'In just seven days we have witnessed the exodus of one million refugees'
More than one million Ukrainian refugees are fleeing the Russian invasion alongside an estimated 2000 civilian fatalities, according to figures released Wednesday.
The surge in refugees follows the Russian capturing of the Ukrainian city of Kherson, where Russian forces have been accused of using devastating cluster bombs amid the ongoing siege of Kyiv and attacks across the East of Ukraine.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, released via Twitter that “in just seven days we have witnessed the exodus of one million refugees from Ukraine to neighboring countries.”
This was supported by the U.N., who informed the Associated Press more than two percent of Ukraine’s population had started to flee the war-torn nation.
The spokesperson for the international organization, Shabia Mantoo, said, “At this rate,” the mass-evacuation from Ukraine could make it “the biggest refugee crisis this century.”
Russia has reported nearly 500 soldiers dead alongside 1,600 casualties.
But the Ukrainian government the figures, suggesting Russia has suffered as many as 9000 casualties.
As Breitbart noted:
Ukraine has opted not to disclose its own military losses, and due to the uptaking of arms by Ukrainian civilians to defend their homeland, there is a blurred line over what constitutes a soldier and a civilian in the region – although the Ukrainian government has released that 2,000 civilians have died, but this has not been verified.
Kyiv has also suggested that Russia has lost 217 tanks and 60 aircraft, including warplanes and helicopters.
The numbers have not been independently verified.
Due to the conflicting accounts from different parties, it is not likely the exact estimates will emerge from the conflict in the near future.
Meanwhile, videos of burnt-out Russian vehicles have gone viral on social media, but none have been validated.
One hoax video included old videos or footage from different nations – circulated by unknown individuals that have been revealed to be untrue.
The news comes amid the U.N. General Assembly voting for a nonbinding resolution to condemn the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
One hundred forty-one nations voted in favor, and five – including Russia and Belarus, opposed the motion, with 35 countries abstaining.
Linda Thomas-Greenfield, the United States ambassador to the United Nations, condemned Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, said:
“The truth is that this war was one man’s choice and one man alone: President Putin, it was his choice to force hundreds of thousands of people to stuff their lives into backpacks and flee the country.
"Those were President Putin’s choices.
"Now it is time to make ours,” Greenfield continued.
"The United States is choosing to stand with the Ukrainian people."