Due to “unliveable” conditions, the head the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) expects another wave of refugees from Ukraine to arrive in Europe this winter. He said Monday (12/12/12/12/12/12/12/12/12/12/12/12/12/12/12/12/12/12/12/12/12/12/12/12/12/12/12/12/12/12/12).
Russia’s attack against Ukraine’s electrical infrastructure has left millions without heat, electricity, or clean water.
Moscow claims that the attacks are not directed at civilians but they are meant to restrict Ukraine’s ability to fight and encourage it towards negotiations. Kyiv considers the attacks a war crime.
Jan Egeland returned earlier this month from a trip to Ukraine and said that while no one knows how many, there will be hundreds of thousands (leaving Ukraine). Egeland stated that “the horrific and illegal bombings of civilian infrastructure have made it difficult in too many places.”
He said: “So, I fear that the crisis in Europe will deepen and that it will overshadow other equally serious crises around the world.”
The United Nations estimates that around 18 million people, or 40%, are dependent upon aid. Another 7.8 million people fled their country in search of refuge in Europe.
A spokesperson for UNHCR, told Reuters via email that there has been no significant increase in border crossings in the past weeks. The spokesperson said that there have been small increases in border crossings between neighboring countries, such as Romania and Poland.
UNHCR spokesperson, when asked about winter contingency planning, stated that they were prepared for any scenario, including an increase in refugees or decrease in displacement.
Polish PresidentAndrzej Da stated Monday that Germany should continue to seek assistance from the European Union in order to cope with the anticipated rise in Ukrainian refugees.
Egeland said that some Ukrainian refugees had returned home to Ukraine in the summer, and are now “giving up” and moving in the opposite direction.
The NRC has 35 members and offers emergency and long-term support, including in Ukraine and Moldova.
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