This past Tuesday, it was reported by the United Nations that well over 660.000 refugees have up and fled from Ukraine in the one-week wake of Russia’s full-scale military advance into the country. The total number of refugees is expected to continue climbing, with the potential to reach well over 4 million people looking for asylum throughout neighboring European countries, which marks this event as possibly the largest refugee crisis of the entire 21st century.
On Monday, The overall number of Ukrainians and other peoples fleeing from the borders of Ukraine was tallied up to well over a half million. By the early morning hours on Tuesday, however, said number had spiked by another whopping 160,000, as reported by the U.N.
A spokeswoman for the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, Shabia Mantoo, claimed that “at this rate, the situation looks set to become Europe’s largest refugee crisis this century,” reported one PA News Agency.
It has also been reported by Politico that Hungary has also released a statement announcing that all refugees from Ukraine, even going so far as to include non-Ukrainian citizens, would be welcomed with open arms into its borders:
Hungary, in a turnaround from its long-standing opposition to immigration and refusal to accept refugees from the Middle East, Africa and Asia, has opened its borders to all refugees fleeing Ukraine, including third-country nationals that can prove Ukrainian residency.
As part of an agreement with some foreign governments, Hungary has set up a “humanitarian corridor” to escort non-Ukrainian nationals from the border to airports in the city of Debrecen and the capital, Budapest.
The D.C.-based outlet also stated that Poland has come forward to accept the most refugees, highlighting that the Polish government has issued a report that various individuals from well over 100 countries have fled Ukraine into the country since the inception of the war:
In Poland, the country that has reported the most arrivals, trains continued to bring refugees into the border town of Przemysl on Monday. In winter coats to protect them against near-freezing temperatures, many carried small suitcases as they lined up at the platform to exit the station.
Polish U.N. Ambassador Krzysztof Szczerski, speaking at the General Assembly, said that in addition to Ukrainians, those coming in Monday included people of some 125 nationalities, including Uzbeks, Nigerians, Indians, Moroccans, Pakistanis, Afghans, Iranians, Iraqis, Turks and Algerians.
As reported by the Daily Wire on Tuesday, anyone who has chosen to stay put in the country has been subjected to “utter destruction” throughout cities such as Kharkiv, Ukraine, which became the target of a heavily damaging missile strike into a residential area on Monday evening, reported by Ukrainian officials:
Dmytro Kuleba, Ukraine’s minister of foreign affairs, released a video showing the missile strike upon Freedom Square.
“Barbaric Russian missile strikes on the central Freedom Square and residential districts of Kharkiv. Putin is unable to break Ukraine down. He commits more war crimes out of fury, murders innocent civilians. The world can and must do more. INCREASE PRESSURE, ISOLATE RUSSIA FULLY!” he wrote.
Barbaric Russian missile strikes on the central Freedom Square and residential districts of Kharkiv. Putin is unable to break Ukraine down. He commits more war crimes out of fury, murders innocent civilians. The world can and must do more. INCREASE PRESSURE, ISOLATE RUSSIA FULLY! pic.twitter.com/tN4VHF1A9n
— Dmytro Kuleba (@DmytroKuleba) March 1, 2022
“The missile strike was not the only damage in Kharkiv, according to Ukrainian officials,” claimed the Wire. “On Tuesday, an area hospital reportedly burned in the city.”