(Geneva) More than 677,000 Ukrainian refugees fleeing the invasion of their country by Russia have flocked to border countries since Thursday, according to the latest UN census published on Tuesday evening.
The High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) identified at the end of Tuesday afternoon exactly 677,243 people who had fled since Thursday the violent fighting between Russian troops and the Ukrainian army, in this country populated by more than 37 million people. in the territories controlled by Kiev-which therefore do not include the Crimea annexed by Russia or the areas under separatist control.
Poland, which has taken up the cause of Ukraine, is hosting by far the largest number of refugees arriving since the beginning of the Russian invasion. In total, they were 377,400, according to the UNHCR count, only more than 100,000 more than Monday’s count.
The solidarity effort towards refugees who often arrive with very little is based in particular on social networks, where people organize themselves, collect money, medicine, offer accommodation, meals, work or free transport for refugees.
Before this crisis, Poland was already home to around 1.5 million Ukrainians who came, for the most part, to work in this member country of the European Union.
Hungary had taken in 89,561 refugees, the UNHCR tally reveals.
The country has five border posts with Ukraine and several border towns, such as Zahony, have converted public buildings into relief centers, where Hungarian civilians come to offer food or assistance.
The number of refugees jumped in Moldova to 65,391 from less than 40,000 on Monday.
Some 54,304 people have fled Ukraine and taken refuge in Slovakia, more than 24,000 more than on Monday, according to the UNHCR.
There were 38,461 refugees arriving in Romania, according to the UNHCR, which represents an increase of just under 4,000 people compared to the previous day.
Two camps have been set up, one in Sighetul, empty for the moment, and the other in Siret, whose forty occupants must be transferred to reception centers.
The UNHCR also specified that 51,797 of these refugees had continued on their way, once the Ukrainian border had been crossed, towards other European countries.