The escalation of conflict in Ukraine has caused civilian casualties and destruction of civilian infrastructure, forcing people to flee their homes seeking safety, protection and assistance. The United Nations refugee agency says 4,869,019 Ukrainians had left the country since Russia invaded.

In the first five weeks, more than four million refugees from Ukraine crossed borders into neighbouring countries, and many more have been forced to move inside the country. They are in need of protection and support.

In light of the emergency and the scale of humanitarian needs of refugees from Ukraine, an inter-agency regional refugee response is being carried out, in support of the efforts of refugee-hosting countries.

The Regional Refugee Response Plan brings together UN, NGO and other relevant partners and focuses on supporting host country governments to ensure safe access to the territory for refugees and third-country nationals fleeing from Ukraine, in line with international standards.

It also prioritizes the provision of critical protection services and humanitarian assistance, as displacement and needs continue to grow exponentially

Meanwhile, Ukraine and Russia have failed to agree on humanitarian convoys for the evacuation of civilians from war-affected areas for the second day, Ukraine’s deputy prime minister Iryna Vereshchuk said.

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