UN fears new wave of displaced after Russian attacks in Ukraine

The head of the UN refugee agency warned on Monday that more people could be forced to leave their homes in Ukraine following Russian missile attacks on kyiv and other Ukrainian cities.

“The horror of what happened today (Monday) in Ukraine … is inexcusable,” UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi told reporters in Geneva.

“The shelling of civilians, of houses … of non-military infrastructure in an indiscriminate way in many cities throughout Ukraine means that the war has become more difficult for civilians,” he said.

“I fear that the events of these last few hours are going to cause more displacement,” he said.

Russia launched its biggest wave of attacks in months in Ukraine on Monday, in retaliation for the weekend explosion of a bridge connecting Russia to the Crimean peninsula.

The bridge is a symbol of the Russian annexation of Crimea in 2014.

Since Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, more than 7.6 million Ukrainians have fled to Europe seeking asylum.

Although many of them have returned, more than 4.2 million Ukrainians have registered for temporary protection status in European Union countries.

Nearly seven million more people have been displaced within the country, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

Grandi indicated that people could mobilize inside Ukraine after Monday’s attacks, which according to kyiv left at least 14 dead and almost 100 wounded.


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