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UN Agency: Over 1.5 million Ukrainians Have Already Fled the war to European Countries

A total of 1.5 million Ukrainians have fled the war to other European countries in the first 10 days since Russia invaded Ukraine, according to figures provided by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

“10 days. 1.5 million people. This is the fastest growing refugee crisis since World War II. In this regard, the agency noted, TheSchengen.com.

According to the agency, a large number of Ukrainians have fled to neighboring countries such as Hungary, Poland, Romania and Slovakia, as well as other European regions.

To this moment, the authorities in Hungary have hosted more than 140 thousand people from Ukraine, according to figures provided by local media.

At the same time, the Russian invasion of Ukraine resulted in a total of 800,000 refugees arriving in its neighboring country, Poland.

On March 5, the authorities in Romania announced that they had received more than 50,000 refugees from Ukraine in the past two days alone.

As for Slovakia, the authorities in this country announced that in the first week, nearly 70,000 refugees arrived in Slovakia.

The main influx of refugees has not yet begun. And it will be much bigger. But we are ready. We can accommodate tens of thousands of refugees from Ukraine in our country,” an official from the Presidential Office of Slovakia noted in this regard, as reported by DW.

Besides Ukraine’s neighboring countries, other European countries are also preparing to receive a large number of refugees from Ukraine.

The German authorities recently announced that they will accept refugees from Ukraine, regardless of their nationality. German Interior Minister Nancy Wieser confirmed this decision.

The minister emphasized that in the current circumstances, citizenship will not play a role in the country’s decision to welcome refugees from Ukraine.

We want to save lives. This does not depend on the passport,” Weser stressed, as reported by Deutsche Welle.

The Russian invasion of Ukraine prompted many associations and organizations to condemn Russia’s military aggression.

The European Travel Committee (ETC) said the military aggression by the Russian authorities expressed its solidarity with the Ukrainians.

The European Union Commission has announced the suspension of cooperation with Russia in the cross-border cooperation programs of the European Neighborhood Instrument, including the Baltic Sea Interregional Programme.

The European Commission has also proposed activating the Temporary Protection Directive to help Ukrainians. The proposal means that the EU will help Ukrainians fleeing the war by giving them residence permits and giving them access to education and the labor market.

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