Ukraine war: More than 1.9 million internally displaced by Russia's invasion, says UN

Ukrainians cross an improvised path under a destroyed bridge while fleeing Irpin, on the outskirts of Kyiv, Ukraine, Wednesday, March 9, 2022.
Ukrainians cross an improvised path under a destroyed bridge while fleeing Irpin, on the outskirts of Kyiv, Ukraine, Wednesday, March 9, 2022. Copyright AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka
By Alasdair SandfordEuronews with AFP, AP
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They come in addition to the more than 2.3 million who have fled the country since the start of the Russian invasion on February 24.

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 An estimated 1.9 million people are displaced within Ukraine, according to UN officials, adding to the more than 2.3 million who have fled the country following Russia's invasion.

UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said Thursday that most of the internally displaced people are moving away from the front lines and heading west toward Lviv. The humanitarian situation “continues to deteriorate at an alarming pace,” he said.

Meanwhile, the EU's chief diplomat has echoed Ukraine's president in accusing Russia of carrying out a "war crime" by attacking a Mariupol children's hospital. The local authority has said three people including a girl were killed.

Russian and Ukrainian foreign ministers failed to see eye to eye when they met in Turkey, their first encounter since Putin's invasion.

Chelsea football club owner Roman Abramovich has been added to the UK government's sanctions list.

Here is how Thursday unfolded.

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