113-Day War In Ukraine: Refugee Number Approaching One Million

Posted: August 6, 2014 in News
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Xinhua News Agency
August 5, 2014

Number of displaced surges due to Ukraine conflict: UNHCR

GENEVA: The deteriorating situation in eastern Ukraine has led to surging numbers of internally-displaced people (IDPs), the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said Tuesday.

Addressing a press conference upon his return from Ukraine, UNHCR’s Europe Bureau director Vincent Cochetel said the number of IDPs in the country reached an estimated 117,000 and was increasing by 1,200 people per day in recent weeks.

Among the total displaced population, up to 87 percent were from eastern Ukraine, mainly from Luhansk and Donetsk regions. UNHCR data showed IDPs from the two regions had risen sharply from 2,600 in early June to 102,600 in early August.

The UN refugee agency called on the Ukrainian government to establish a central registration system of IDPs.

Cochetel emphasized the current lack of…

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