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UN agency: Number of Ukrainian refugees hits 1.5 million

The number of Ukrainians fleeing the war to neighboring countries has reached 1.5 million in 10 days, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees said on Sunday.

“10 days. 1.5 million people. This is now the fastest growing refugee crisis since World War II. In the coming days millions more lives will be uprooted, unless there is an immediate end to this senseless conflict,” the agency tweeted.

The majority of refugees have fled to neighboring Poland, Hungary, Romania, Slovakia and other European Union countries, as well as Moldova and Russia.

The EU last week agreed to give immediate protection to Ukrainians escaping the war, including instant rights to live and work within the bloc, and also offering them access to social-service benefits like housing and medical care.

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