2m Ukrainian refugees in EU within 2 days – Grandi


By Aluta News

Mar. 8, 2022

The number of refugees from Ukraine seeking shelter in the European Union will reach the “frightening” figure of two million people within two days.

UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, said on Tuesday.

“I think that today or tomorrow at the latest we will reach the frightening figure of two million refugees from Ukraine crossing the borders of neighbouring countries,” he said.

He added that the United Nations was recording flows of “frightened” Ukrainians trying to escape battlegrounds and take refuge.

Earlier in the day, Polish Prime Minister, Mateusz Morawiecki’s office, said 1.2 million refugees from Ukraine had crossed Poland’s border so far.

On Monday, EU Foreign Policy Chief, Josep Borrell, said the European Union had already hosted 1.5 million refugees from Ukraine and expected up to five million refugees in total.

On Feb. 24, Russia began a special operation to demilitarise and “denazify” Ukraine, responding to calls for help from the Donetsk and Luhansk people’s republics in countering the aggression of Ukrainian troops.

The Russian defence ministry said the special operation was targeting Ukrainian military infrastructure only and the civilian population was not in danger.

Moscow has repeatedly stressed that it has no plans to occupy Ukraine.