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Ukraine Crisis: 2.5 Million Citizens Migrated From Ukraine in the Dark Shadow of War

The International Organization for Migration: According to the International Organization for Migration, about 2.5 million people have fled Ukraine since the start of the Russia-Ukraine war.

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) said on Friday that 2.5 million people had fled Ukraine in the last two weeks since Russia invaded. As of Friday morning, more than 1.5 million Ukrainians had taken refuge in neighboring Poland, according to the latest figures. In addition, 1,16,000 people from countries other than Ukraine have migrated, according to IOM spokesman Paul Dillon. According to Filippo Grandi, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, 2 million people are still stranded in Ukraine.

'Volunteer fighters' support Russian army

Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered the deployment of so-called "volunteer fighters" in Ukraine. Russia's Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said more than 16,000 applications had been received for volunteer work. That includes citizens of West Asian countries who have helped Russia fight the Islamic State.

China's criticism of sanctions:

China on Friday expressed grave concern over the deteriorating situation in Ukraine and expressed readiness to play a positive role in restoring peace. At the same time, however, the United States and the European Union criticized the sanctions imposed on Russia. Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang has said that the sanctions will hurt the global economy, which has recovered from the crisis.

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