“In simply seven days we now have witnessed the exodus of 1 million refugees from Ukraine to neighbouring nations,” UN refugee chief Filippo Grandi tweeted.
“Until there’s a direct finish to the battle, tens of millions extra are prone to be pressured to flee Ukraine,” Grandi warned.
In line with often up to date UNHCR knowledge, 1,002,860 have now fled Ukraine since Russian President Vladimir Putin launched the full-scale invasion on February 24.
Grandi stated the numbers had been rising with unimaginable pace.
“I’ve labored in refugee emergencies for nearly 40 years, and infrequently have I seen an exodus as speedy as this one,” he stated.
“Hour by hour, minute by minute, extra individuals are fleeing the terrifying actuality of violence,” he stated.
Greater than half of those that have fled Ukraine have crossed into neighbouring Poland. Hungary, Moldova, Hungary and Slovakia have additionally welcomed many refugees.
The UNHCR stated greater than 505,500 folks have left Ukraine for Poland previously week. Poland’s border guards put the determine at over 575,000 by early Thursday, with 95,000 having crossed on Wednesday alone.
Numerous folks have additionally been displaced contained in the Ukraine.
Grandi stated UNHCR workers and different humanitarians had been “working the place and once they can in horrifying situations” inside Ukraine.
“Our workers keep, even at nice danger, as a result of we all know the wants within the nation are large.”
The UN refugee chief additionally hailed the “exceptional” response of governments and native communities in surrounding nations which have acquired the a couple of million refugees.
“Worldwide solidarity has been heart-warming,” he stated.
“However nothing – nothing – can exchange the necessity for the weapons to be silenced; for dialogue and diplomacy to succeed. Peace is the one method to halt this tragedy.”