Russia Invasion: Over 500,000 refugees fled Ukraine, says United Nations

The United Nations (UN) Refugee Agency has stated that “more than 500,000 refugees have now fled from Ukraine into neighbouring countries”.

Giving an update on the development in Ukraine, UN High Commissioner for Agency, Filippo Grandi, noted this in a post on Twitter.

Meanwhile, Filippo had earlier raised the alarm that “The number of refugees from Ukraine who have crossed to Poland, Hungary, Romania, Moldova, and other countries is escalating and is now 368,000.

“The governments and people of those countries are welcoming refugees. It is now urgent to share this responsibility in concrete ways”.

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Meanwhile, talks were held between Ukrainian and Russian delegations in Belarus on Monday.

Zelensky however demanded an immediate Russian ceasefire and troop withdrawal ahead of the talks at the Belarus border as the conflict entered a fifth day.

Zelensky said he was sceptical about the outcome of the talks but said that they were worth a “try”.

Meanwhile, US vacation-rental platform Airbnb said Monday it would offer free short-term stays to up to 100,000 people fleeing Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

The San Francisco-based company said in a statement that its top leaders had “sent letters to leaders across Europe, starting with the leaders of Poland, Germany, Hungary and Romania, offering support in welcoming refugees within their borders.”

“While is committing to facilitate short-term housing for up to 100,000 refugees fleeing Ukraine, it will work closely with governments to best support the specific needs in each country, including by providing longer-term stays,” it added.

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