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Close to 1.5m Ukrainian refugees: UNHCR

The situation in Ukraine remains dire and the number of refugees fleeing the Russian invasion could potentially rise to 1.5 million by the end of the weekend from a current 1.3 million, the head of the UN refugee agency says.

“This is the fastest moving refugee crisis we have seen in Europe since the end of World War Two,” UNHCR head Filippo Grandi told Reuters in a telephone interview.

Grandi said most refugees at the moment were linking up with friends, family and other connections already living in Europe, but warned future waves would be more complex.

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