More Than 520,000 Refugees Have Fled Ukraine Since Russia's Invasion, And That Number Is "Rising Exponentially"

By Gina Florio··  2 min read
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Since Russia's invasion, there has been a mass exodus of Ukrainians to neighboring countries as they watch their cities and hometowns being attacked. Countries such as Poland, Romania, Hungary, and Slovakia are taking in hundreds of thousands of refugees.

Many Ukrainians are finding any way they can to leave their home country, whether it's by train, car, or even foot. They are waiting in long lines for transportation, walking as far as they can to reach the border, and bringing all their belongings and children along the way.

More Than 500,000 Ukrainian Refugees Are Fleeing Their Home Country

Although we have been bombarded with fake videos and old images rather than real footage of the Russian invasion in Ukraine, there have been many photos released lately that show a true depiction of what the Ukrainian exodus looks like.

According to the United Nations Refugee Agency, more than 520,000 Ukrainian refugees have left their country in an attempt to reach safety. This number has been "rising exponentially, hour after hour," according to the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi, who spoke by video to the U.N. Security Council.

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Buses and cars were backed up in long lines at various border checkpoints of countries like Poland and Hungary. Poland alone has already accepted more than 280,000 refugees and trains continue to bring even more every day. Hungary opened its borders to all Ukrainian refugees, even third-country nationalists that can prove Ukrainian residency. This is a surprising turn of events considering Hungary's previous opposition to immigration and refusal to accept refugees from the Middle East and Asia.

There are also many accounts of men, husbands, and fathers staying behind in Ukraine to take up arms against Russian invaders, even though their wives and children have fled to safety.

The photos of families and children waiting for buses and trains to take them to safety show just how devastating this war is. Many of the families have all their belongings with them, as they are forced to carry around their suitcases as they leave behind their homes for the foreseeable future.

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