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Russian invasion risks displacing more than 7 million Ukrainians, says EU crisis commissioner
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Russian invasion risks displacing more than 7 million Ukrainians, says EU crisis commissioner

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War in Ukraine

Issued on: 27/02/2022 – 18:08Modified: 27/02/2022 – 18:10

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Young refugees seen after crossing the Ukrainian-Hungarian border in Tiszabecs, Hungary, on February 27, 2022. © Attila Kisbenedek, AFP

Russia’s war on Ukraine risks displacing “over seven million people”, the EU commissioner for crisis management said Sunday.

“We are witnessing what could become the largest humanitarian crisis on our European continent in many, many years,” Janez Lenarcic told a media conference after a meeting of EU interior ministers focused on the flow of refugees from Ukraine.

“Currently, the expected number of displaced Ukrainians is over seven million people,” he said, but cautioned he was giving only “rough estimates” from the UN because fighting prevented accurate counting.

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