Over 10 Million Ukrainians Forced to Flee As War Grinds On

More than 10 million Ukrainians have been forced to flee their homes since Russian troops invaded the country, according to the United Nations (UN).

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi said about one-quarter of Ukraine's population had fled since Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the invasion last month.

In a Sunday Twitter post, Grandi said: "Among the responsibilities of those who wage war, everywhere in the world, is the suffering inflicted on civilians who are forced to flee their homes.

"The war in Ukraine is so devastating that 10 million have fled - either displaced inside the country or as refugees abroad."

According to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), more than 3.3 million refugees have left the country in the past three weeks with millions more being displaced within Ukraine's borders.

In a March 18 post, the UNHCR said: "Humanitarian reports received from those areas are horrifying and we continue to call for the protection of civilians and civilian infrastructure, respect for international humanitarian law, and appeal to neighboring countries to continue keeping their borders open to those fleeing in search of safety."

The organization described the situation in the Ukrainian cities of Mariupol and Sumy as "extremely dire" where residents are facing "potentially fatal shortages of food, water and medicines."

It added more than 200,000 people were now without access to water across several areas in Donetsk in the east of Ukraine.

Meanwhile, in the neighboring area of Luhansk, constant shelling has "destroyed 80 percent of some localities, leaving 97,800 families without power."

Newsweek has contacted the UNHCR for comment.

Putin has insisted Russian forces are carrying out a special military operation in Ukraine in order to "de-nazify" the country.

But the U.S. and its allies have dismissed Putin's description of the war and have called the conflict an invasion.

Despite gaining territory early on in the war, Russia's soldiers are not "motivated" and the army is being "poorly led," according to former U.S. Major General James Marks in an interview with CNN on Saturday.

He said: "This Russian army that's been trying to modernize over the course of the last couple of decades and it's done a fairly good job of getting the right equipment and capabilities, but they are poorly led.

Confidence within Ukraine that they can withstand the Russian onslaught and emerge victoriously has gained traction among its people.

A survey, published by the Rating Group on Sunday, found that 93 percent of the 1,000 Ukrainians contacted "believe that Ukraine will be able to repel Russia's attack."

The Rating Group, which described itself as a non-governmental, independent sociological research organization, said: "Confidence in victory prevails in all the regions of the country."

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A woman and a baby who fled the war in Ukraine walk towards a humanitarian train which is relocating refugees to Berlin on March 18, 2022 in Krakow, Poland. Millions have been displaced in Ukraine. Getty