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'Russia's invasion of Ukraine displaced more than 150,000'

International desk
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Russia’s military invasion of Ukraine has already displaced tens of thousands of people, the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees said Friday.

More than 50,000 Ukrainians have fled the country in the last 48 hours since the attacks started, according to Chris Boian, a spokesperson for the agency.

More than 100,000 people have also been displaced inside Ukraine, he said, where artillery and missile strikes have rained down on major cities such Kyiv and Kharkiv.

Of the 50,000 people who left the country, about 30,000 crossed to Poland and approximately 20,000 to Moldova, Boian said. Smaller numbers crossed to other countries in the region.

“People are moving in whatever way is most efficient for them,” he said.

“I would guess that many of them are moving by car, but I’ve seen reports of other people moving by train and some on foot.”

The invasion of Ukraine threatens to destabilize Europe and give rise to the continent’s largest refugee crisis since the Syrian civil war.
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