More than 8 million people had to leave their homes Y find refuge elsewhere in Ukraine due to the war, informed this Tuesday the International Organization for Migration (IOM). The figure represents an increase of 24% in relation to a similar report published in March by the agency of the UN.
“The needs of those internally displaced and all those affected by the war in Ukraine grow with each passing hour,” he said. IOM Director General António Vitorino. The data was collected between April 17 and May 3, and the report highlights financial support as the first need among internally displaced persons (IDP), informed Télam.
Vitorino added that access to populations in need of help “remains a challenge amid active hostilities, but our teams are committed to continuing to provide urgent assistance inside Ukraine and in neighboring countries.”
As the humanitarian crisis continues to worsen, more Ukrainian IDPs (44%) are considering further relocation, more than double the figure on March 16 (18%), the document adds. Of the internally displaced, 63% are women and almost half have left their homes in the east of the country, where the Russian offensive is concentrated.
It is estimated that more than 3.9 million people fled their homes in the east, 1.65 million in the kyiv region and 1.3 million in the north. Before the Russian invasion, the country had 1.5 million internally displaced persons as a result of an eight-year civil war between the government and Russian-speaking separatists who had taken up arms in two provinces in eastern Ukraine, in the region of donbass.