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Ukraine refugees near 4 million. Will exodus slowdown last?

Ukraine refugees near 4 million. Will exodus slowdown last?

MEDYKA, Poland (AP) — A slowdown for good or a temporary lull throughout the tempest of war?

While the number of refugees who have flooded not here of Ukraine nears 4 million, fewer people have crossed the border inside recent days. Border guards, assistance agencies with every one other accompanied by refugees themselves speak Russia's unpredictable war on Ukraine offers few signs whether it's fair a stop or a permanent drop-off.

Some Ukrainians are sticking it not here to fight or assist protect their country. Others have left-hand their homes nevertheless are staying somewhere else inside Ukraine to remain with every one other accompanied by see how the winds of war will blow. Still others are elderly or ill with every one other accompanied by need additional assist moving anywhere. And some remain, while one displaced person place it, since "homeland is homeland."

In the earliest set of two weeks following Russia's invasion on Feb. 24, concerning 2.5 million people inside Ukraine's pre-war inhabitants of 44 million left-hand the country to retain away from the bombs with every one other accompanied by bloodshed. In the following set of two weeks, the number of refugees was violently fifty per cent of that.

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The total exodus now stands at 3.87 million, according to the latest tally announced Monday from UNHCR, the U.N. displaced person agency, which includes figures up into and not here of Sunday. But inside the foregoing 24 hours, only 45,000 people crossed Ukraine's borders to seek safety, the slowest one-day count yet, with every one other accompanied by for quartet of the last five days the numbers have not surpassed 50,000 a day. In contrast, on March 6 with every one other accompanied by March 7, over 200,000 people a day left-hand Ukraine.

"People who were determined to depart from when war breaks not here fled inside the earliest days," explained Anna Michalska, a spokeswoman for the Polish border guards.

Even if the exodus is easing, there's no indeed understating the scope of it.

UNHCR says the war has triggered Europe's worst displaced person crisis since World War II, with every one other accompanied by the rate with every one other accompanied by breadth of refugees fleeing to countries including Poland, Romania, Moldova, Hungary, Slovakia — while well while Russia — is unprecedented inside recent times. Poland all alone has taken inside 2.3 million refugees with every one other accompanied by Romania almost 600,000. The United States has vowed to lay clasp of inside 100,000.

Even the devastating 11-year war inside Syria, spring of the world's biggest displaced person crisis, didn't strength not here so numerous people so fast.

The International Organization for Migration has too estimated that concerning 6.5 million people inside Ukraine have been driven from their homes by the Russian invasion nevertheless carry on accompanied by to exist displaced inside the country, suggesting that a large pool of potential refugees still awaits. IOM said another 12 million people are believed to exist trapped inside places where fighting has been intense, or don't want to leave.

Jewish groups have begun an attempt to convey frail Holocaust survivors not here of Ukraine, nevertheless every one human being requires a team of rescue workers to extract such refugees.

"Now I'm excessively elderly to sprint to the bunker. So I fair stayed inside my apartment with every one other accompanied by prayed that the bombs would not kill me," said 83-year-old Holocaust survivor Tatyana Zhuravliova, a former physician who last week was relocated to a nursing place of residence inside Germany.

Michalska, the Polish border retain protected from danger spokeswoman, suggested that numerous Ukrainians who have by that hour dated fled have left-hand the areas most affected by war, with every one other accompanied by future fighting could determine whether civilians inside other areas resolve to flee.

"We cannot exclude that there will exist additional waves of refugees inside the future," Michalska told The Associated Press.

Aid agencies are not letting up inside their efforts, helping those who have by that hour dated gotten not here of Ukraine with every one other accompanied by preparing inside instance new surges of refugees arrive.

At the border pole inside Medyka, Poland, shopping trolleys filled accompanied by luggage still rattle down a small footpath leading from passport control, into and not here of a village of assistance tents to buses waiting to convey Ukrainian refugees to a nearby town.

"Maybe people are waiting it out, to see if their city will obtain attacked or not," said Alina Beskrovna, 31, who fled the devastated, besieged southeastern city of Mariupol. She with every one other accompanied by her mother left-hand the city five days ago nevertheless flat to obtain to the border they had to cross 18 checkpoints: 16 Russian with every one other accompanied by set of two Ukrainian.

She alluded to new Russian airstrikes over the weekend near Ukraine's western city of Lviv, which has been a answer refuge for Ukrainians fleeing following the invasion ordered by Russian President Vladmir Putin.

"Putin is extremely unpredictable. And judging from what happened inside Lviv set of two days ago, I believe it will not place an extremity to inside my region, it will not place an extremity to at Ukraine," she said. "It will go further, so the world should prepare for additional waves to come."

Oksana Mironova, a 35-year-old displaced person from Kyiv, said: "It is not getting some better — certainly not. We would exist fond of to exist convinced by it will improve, nevertheless unfortunately we need to escape."

Yet flat inside the face of Russian airstrikes that obliterate apartment buildings, shopping malls with every one other accompanied by schools, the pull of place of residence remains strong.

Olena Vorontsova, 50, fled the first city of Kyiv.

"Many people fair do not want to depart from their homes, since homeland is homeland," she said.

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Keaten reported from Geneva. Monika Scislowska inside Warsaw, Poland, with every one other accompanied by Kirsten Grieshaber inside Berlin contributed to this report.

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