Blinken visits Ukraine border as refugees pour into Poland

On Saturday, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken visited the Polish-Ukrainian border, through which hundreds of thousands of people have fled since the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine on February 24.

Blinken visits Ukraine border as refugees pour into Poland
Poland hosts the largest number of Ukrainian refugees since the beginning of the Russian invasion

Polish officials briefed Blinken on the humanitarian crisis caused by the Russian invasion, and hundreds of Ukrainians were seen crossing the Korgova Krakowice crossing.

About 1.37 million people have fled Ukraine since the beginning of the Russian invasion of that country, according to the latest United Nations figures released on Saturday. 

On its website, the UNHCR indicated that the number of refugees fleeing Ukraine had reached 1,368,864 at 12:15 GMT, about 160,000 more refugees than the previous census published Friday. 

The authorities and the United Nations expect the influx of refugees to increase at a time when the Russian army continues its advance in Ukraine, and with the fighting continuing around the capital, Kyiv.

Before the conflict, more than 37 million people lived in Ukrainian territory under the control of Kyiv, that is, outside the Crimean peninsula, which Moscow annexed in 2014, and outside the areas under the control of separatists. 

Poland, which has adopted the Ukraine cause, and US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken arrived on Saturday for talks with senior Polish officials, is hosting the largest number of Ukrainian refugees since the beginning of the Russian invasion.

And their number reached 756,303 in Poland on Saturday, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, which is 106,400 more than the number was Friday and 55.3 percent of the total that was counted. 

Before the crisis, Poland was receiving about 1.5 million Ukrainians, most of whom came to work in the European Union member country. 

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