Ukraine’s army tells civilians to build barricades, use petrol bombs to stop Russian troops
Ukraine’s army has called on the country’s civilians to stop the advance of Russian troops by any means necessary.
“Cut down trees, build barricades, burn tyres … Use everything available” the Ukrainian Armed Forces said in a statement posted on Facebook.
The statement also encouraged Ukrainians to assemble and use petrol bombs against Moscow’s forces.
“The occupiers must understand that they are not wanted here and that they will be resisted in every street,” it said.
UNHCR says 160,000 people displaced
UNHCR’s representative in Ukraine has warned the displacement of more than 150,000 people in the country marks “just the beginning” of a looming humanitarian crisis.
“People are fleeing from eastern, southern and northern Ukraine towards the centre and west of the country … they are on the road and on trains,” Karolina Lindholm Billing told Al Jazeera from Kyiv.
“It’s very difficult to get evidence of how many people have been internally displaced, but we estimate that it is at least 160,000,” she added. “The human suffering is going to be enormous.”
UN refugee agency says nearly 120,000 Ukrainians have fled the country
Nearly 120,000 people have fled Ukraine into Poland and other neighbouring countries in the wake of Russia’s invasion, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) has said.
The agency added the number was rising as people continue to grab their belongings and rush to escape from Moscow’s deadly onslaught.
Ukraine: UNHCR will soon be launching a portal with current displacement estimates.⁰Latest update is that almost 116,000 have fled to neighbouring countries since 24 Feb – mainly Poland, Hungary, Moldova, Slovakia and Romania. ⁰Numbers are rising.
— UNHCR News (@RefugeesMedia) February 26, 2022
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