"With the crisis in Ukraine entering its first winter, UNHCR is racing to help some of the most vulnerable displaced people cope with expected harsh winter conditions," the UN agency said."Ongoing fighting in the east, and the resulting breakdown of basic services, continues to drive more people from their homes," it added.

 Around 95 per cent of the displaced people are from conflict-torn eastern Ukraine. UNHCR said that the need for humanitarian aid was greatest around Donetsk, Kharkiv, Kiev and in the Dnipropetrovsk and Zaporizhia regions. In addition to those displaced within Ukraine, another 387,000 have fled to Russia, while 6,600 have applied for asylum in the European Union and 581 in Belarus, UNHCR said.

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