One hundred thousand displaced inside Ukraine and thousands left abroad

About 100,000 people have been displaced from their homes inside Ukraine, while thousands of others have left abroad due to the Russian military offensive, the United Nations said Thursday.

"We cannot yet confirm the exact numbers, but it is clear that there have been significant transfers within the country, with some movement across the border," Shabia Mantou, a spokeswoman for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, told AFP.

"We believe that about 100,000 people were forced to leave their homes and flee inside the country, and that many thousands have crossed the international borders," she added.

Earlier, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, announced the strengthening of the operations and capabilities of the UNHCR in Ukraine and neighboring countries.

He also called on the governments of Ukraine's neighboring countries "to keep the borders open to individuals who seek security and protection."

 

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