UN reports over 14 million Ukrainians displaced due to Russian invasion: Russia-Ukraine conflict updates

As the second anniversary of the conflict approaches, millions of people continue to be displaced both within Ukraine and abroad, with the United Nations warning of the “horrific human cost” of the war. The UN’s International Organization for Migration (IOM) reported that over 14 million Ukrainians have been forced to flee their homes since Russia’s invasion, with nearly 6.5 million now living outside the country as refugees. Additionally, an estimated 3.7 million people remain internally displaced within Ukraine.

The IOM also highlighted the challenges faced by those who have returned home, including insecurity, loss of livelihoods, damaged housing and infrastructure, and strained services. Despite the agency’s efforts to support 6.5 million people in Ukraine and Eastern Europe, it emphasized that needs were continuing to grow, outpacing available resources.

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Volker Turk, stated that there is “no end in sight” to the conflict, which has caused “immense suffering on millions of civilians” and continues to result in serious human rights violations. The UN’s Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine confirmed the conflict-related deaths of 10,582 civilians and the injury of 19,875 others, with the actual numbers likely being significantly higher.

The UN has called for $4.2 billion in humanitarian aid to provide assistance to those affected by the war in Ukraine and refugees who have fled. They stressed the long-term impact of the war, stating that it will be felt for generations to come. Despite receiving $957 million in donations, the agency acknowledged the ongoing need for humanitarian assistance in the region.

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