Numbers of refugees fleeing Ukraine falling as some begin to return home

A total of 2,437,000 people have fled Ukraine to Poland since the war began, the Polish Border Guard said on Saturday.

Numbers crossing the border have fallen significantly with Friday seeing the second-lowest number of crossings since Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24th.

And increasing numbers are going back to Ukraine - 421,000 people have entered Ukraine via Poland since the war began, the agency said. On Friday alone, 15,000 people crossed into Ukraine from Poland.

Overall, more than 10 million people have now fled their homes in Ukraine, according to the the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

As well as the four million who have left for neighbouring countries, another estimated 6.5 million people are thought to be displaced inside the war-torn country itself.

The UN, which is working alongside other organisations to provide help to people in Ukraine, says it is offering humanitarian assistance "wherever necessary and possible". This includes:

  • giving cash to people for basics like food and rent
  • delivering supplies from west to east, including food and tarpaulins for homes damaged by shelling
  • providing folding beds to people in bomb shelters
  • setting up reception and transit points for internally-displaced people

As well as the 10 million people who have left their homes, about 12 million are thought to be stranded or unable to leave areas affected by the fighting.

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