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More than 870,000 Ukrainians displaced by the conflict have returned home

More than 870,000 Ukrainians evacuated because of the conflict have returned home - Photo 1.

A Ukrainian family evacuated to Athens, Greece – Photo: AFP

According to AFP news agency, spokesman Andriy Demchenko of Ukraine’s border guards said that between 25,000 and 30,000 Ukrainians are returning each day.

Since Russia launched a “special military operation” in Ukraine, many Ukrainians have been forced to evacuate abroad or to areas where there is no domestic fighting.

Demchenko said that more and more women, children and the elderly are returning to Ukraine. In the early days of the conflict, mostly only men returned to fight.

“They said they felt the situation was safer, especially in the western regions, and they could no longer stay abroad. They were ready to return to their home country and stay,” Mr. Demchenko said.

The change comes after Russian forces began withdrawing from the Kiev capital area late last month, in preparation for an increased offensive in eastern Ukraine.

As of April 3, the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine has recorded 537,000 people returning from abroad.

Meanwhile, the United Nations (UN) says a total of more than 4.6 million Ukrainians have fled abroad since Russia’s “special military operation” began on February 24. This is the fastest-growing refugee crisis in Europe since World War II.

The majority of those who fled went to Ukraine’s neighbors Poland, Romania, Hungary, Slovakia and Moldova.

Also on April 12, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said 4,615,830 Ukrainians had fled since the conflict broke out, an increase of 68,095 from a day earlier.

According to UNHCR spokesman Matt Saltmarsh, although the number of people evacuating across the border has decreased significantly, these people are in a more vulnerable, poorer condition and have little plan for where to go.

Women and children make up 90% of those who have left Ukraine, with men between the ages of 18 and 60 eligible for conscription and unable to leave the country.

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