Ukraine crisis the "fastest growing refugee crisis in Europe since WW2" says UN's Filippo Grandi

The number of Ukrainian refugees continues to rise sharply, and more than 1.5 million people have fled the country in just 10 days, according to the UN refugee agency (UNHCR).

Filippo Grandi, the agency's high commissioner, has called it the fastest growing refugee crisis in Europe since World War Two.

  • A total of 922,400 people have fled Ukraine to Poland since 24 February, according to Polish border guards
  • The number of Ukrainians who have entered Moldova has reached 201,133. The country has by far the largest concentration of refugees per capita in the region
  • Romania has welcomed 227,446 Ukrainians so far. Of those, 155,680 have already driven or flown out of the country
  • About 50,000 Ukrainians have reached the Czech Republic
  • Hungary and Slovakia have also seen Ukrainian refugees arrive

The World Health Organization (WHO) has deployed staff to Moldova, Poland and Romania "to scale up [the] response capacities of its country offices, including operations, engagement with partners and support to the [Ukrainian] government for the health response" the BBC reports.

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