More than 2.5 million refugees have left Ukraine.UN: Civilians suffer most in conflict

2022-05-08 0 By

At a Security Council meeting on Friday, March 11, UN officials again stressed the impact of the Russia-Ukraine crisis on civilians.The UN under-Secretary-General for Political and peacebuilding Affairs, Rosemary DiCarlo, says civilians are paying a high price for the conflict.”As of 11 March, OHCHR has documented a total of 1,546 civilian casualties, including 564 deaths and 982 injuries,” she added.Ohchr believes the true number of casualties could be much higher because of delays in information from the sites of military strikes and the latest reports are still being verified.Dicarlo also said that most of the recorded civilian casualties, including children, were caused by explosive weapons such as heavy artillery, multiple rocket systems and missiles.On the same day, THE United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, said the number of refugees fleeing the ongoing conflict in Ukraine had passed another milestone: “We have recorded more than 2.5 million today.”Speaking at the Diplomatic Forum in Antalya, Turkey, Grandi said European countries found themselves facing an “unexpected” refugee crisis, including countries that have resisted taking in refugees, without naming them.”Europe has a problem with this conflict and that’s why it’s taking in people who are fleeing it.But I think by doing so, they have created an important precedent, “he said, commenting that in the wake of the Russia-Ukraine crisis, it will be difficult for these countries to shirk their responsibility to take in refugees.But Mr. Grandi predicted that refugees fleeing Ukraine could soon face a new wave of movement.”European countries ask for international solidarity and sharing, which means financial aid,” he explained. “It means that at some point, these countries may not be able to accommodate all the refugees, so they relocate them to other countries.”(Editing by Kim Lie-wei)