The Rising Humanitarian Crisis in Ukraine

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Civilians are dying in intensifying shelling of Ukrainian cities. An estimated 600,000 people have been displaced or have fled the country.

  • Ukraine’s second-largest city, Kharkiv, came under increased bombardment overnight as fears grow that the Russian invasion has entered a new and bloodier phase that will bring more civilian deaths.
  • The strong resistance against invading Russian troops may be leading to a change in Russian military tactics that will result in increased shelling and missile attacks directed at civilian areas.
  • People in capital Kyiv too are preparing for an extended shelling and urban warfare as a massive Russian convoy makes its way toward the city.
  • The escalating fight is certain to drive more people to flee the country. Already, more than half a million people have fled the country into Poland and other neighboring countries.
  • If fighting drags on, analysts believe Europe could well witness the biggest displacement of Europeans since World War II.
  • EU nations are set to grant Ukrainian refugees three years of automatic protection. That marks a stark contrast to the way the EU has handled refugees arriving from the Middle East and Africa.
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