UKRAINE: Nearly three weeks into the war, the number of Ukrainians fleeing abroad passed three million yesterday, the United Nations said, as people escaped fighting and Russian bombardment.
Some 3,000,381 people have so far left Ukraine, data from the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) showed. It is basing its aid plans on four million refugees but has said the figure will likely increase.
After Sunday’s Russian strike on the Yavoriv military base near Lviv, some people from western Ukraine have now joined the refugee flow across the border.
The vast majority of refugees are in countries bordering Ukraine Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania and Moldova with over half of them, or 1.8 million, in Poland alone.
Meanwhile, a veteran videographer and a 24-year-old Ukrainian journalist working for Fox News were both killed when their vehicle came under fire outside of Kyiv, the network said on Tuesday.
Pierre Zakrzewski, 55, and Oleksandra “Sasha” Kuvshynova were traveling Monday in Horenka with Fox News reporter Benjamin Hall, who remains hospitalised. “Today is a heartbreaking day for Fox News Media and for all journalists risking their lives to deliver the news,” the network’s CEO, Suzanne Scott. said in a staff memo.
On Sunday, documentary filmmaker Brent Renaud, another veteran of covering war zones, died when Russian forces opened fire on his vehicle in Irpin, also outside of Kyiv.
The death of three journalists in a short span underscores the dangers faced by people chronicling the war in Ukraine, even those with extensive experience reporting from conflict zones.
– THE MALAY MAIL