hundreds of thousands of people continue to be uprooted by war in Ukraine, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) warned on Tuesday, specifying that the number of people who have been forced to leave their homes in recent months amounts to almost 14 million.
The UN agencies stated that eight million people were displaced domestically across the country at the end of April, an increase of 322,000 people in just two weeks, according to the IOM.
other 5,9 million people had to cross the borders to seek safety in other countries, the UNHCR said.
Furthermore, 2.7 million people who had been displaced within Ukraine have returned to their places of residencewhich further highlights the complexity of mobility within the country.
According to the IOM, 13% of returnees, 353,000 people, indicated their intention to leave their homes again due to the current situation.
On the other hand, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights continues to receive reports and complaints of serious violations of fundamental guarantees in Ukraine.
Among those abuses are alleged alleged violationsthreats of sexual violence against civilian women and girls, men and boys, and enforced disappearances and displacement allegedly committed mostly by the Russian armed forces and their allies.
The UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine is documenting and investigating the cases, some of which could constitute war crimes.
Nearly 76 days after the Russian incursion into Ukraine, countless civilians remain trapped in the horror and destruction of the war, UN human rights investigators said.
The Mission confirmed that more than 3380 civilians have died since February 24 and that some 3,680 have been injured.
“We have heard that there were snipers on the roofs randomly shooting at civilians as they crossed the street, I guess as a way of trying to keep people in their houses and deter them from leaving,” said Matilda Bogner, head of the Mission. .
Once it is safe enough and investigators are able to visit the ground, the true number of victims is expected to be located. well above the currentincluding those in the devastated port city of Mariupol,” Bogner added.
In Bucha and other suburban towns north of the capital that were overrun by Russian troops, human rights investigators recorded the killing of more than 300 men, women and children.
“This includes summary executions and shooting at people in vehicles, highway crossings, and other targets,” Bogner detailed.