Even a month after the invasion of Ukraine, it is impossible to know the exact number of victims. On the one hand, there are dead, wounded and refugees; and on the other hand, there are those who are still in their country locked up in shelters, after losing their jobs, belongings, and livelihoods.
Ukraine is still resisting the attacks and Russia is still attacking by land and air several cities of the invaded country. According to a high-ranking official of the U.S. Department of Defense, Putin has launched over 1,100 missiles since the beginning of the war on February 24.
The dead and wounded of the war in Ukraine
According to the latest balance published by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), since the beginning of the conflict until Thursday (March 17), 690 civilians have lost their lives, of which 97 are children, and another 1,143 civilians have also been wounded.
However, the agency itself admits “delays in receiving information and verifying data,” so it insists that the real figures are “considerably higher.”
The vast majority of the casualties confirmed by the UN were caused by wide-range explosive weapons, including heavy artillery fire and multiple rocket launch systems, as well as missiles and aerial bombing.
The Ukrainian government on Tuesday raised to 13,500 the number of Russian soldiers killed since Moscow began its invasion on February 24. It also claims that more than 2,500 people have died in the city of Mariupul alone.
The Ukrainian news agency Ukrinfom quoted data from the prosecutor’s office for minors and reported that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has left 121 dead children and more than 167 wounded.
The number of Russian soldiers killed is considerably higher than that acknowledged by the Kremlin, which confirmed the death of 498 members of its armies on February 2, the last date on which it declared casualties.
Ukrainian refugees in the world
As the days go by, the number of victims is increasing and the humanitarian consequences are getting worse and worse. According to the International Organization for Migration, the war in Ukraine has resulted in more than three million refugees, and about 90% of this exodus is made up of women and children.
According to UNHCR, 1.8 million refugees are in Poland, 263,000 in Hungary, 213,000 in Slovakia, 142,000 in Russia and several tens of thousands more have arrived in Romania and Moldova.
UNHCR forecasts that if the armed conflict continues, the number of refugees could exceed four million and the number of internally displaced persons could reach 6.7 million.
The Ukrainian refugee crisis is the worst in Europe since the end of World War II, and one of the most serious at present, where there have also been large exoduses in countries such as Venezuela (more than 6 million) and Syria (6.8 million).
According to the government of Spain, some 25,000 Ukrainians have arrived in that country since the beginning of the conflict.
Mexico announced that it will accept refugees from the war between Russia and Ukraine.
The United States offered temporary protection status to Ukrainians who were already present in the country when the invasion began; this protection does not extend to any citizens who arrived thereafter.