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Coping with Ukraine's refugees, as millions flee the Russian assault

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Displaced persons fleeing from Ukraine crowd a platform at the train station in Przemysl, Poland, on Thursday, March 3, 2022. More than one million people have fled Ukraine following Russia's invasion in the swiftest refugee exodus in this century, the United Nations said Thursday. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

Russian troops have gained control of the city of Kherson in southern Ukraine. A 40-mile convoy of troops that has been observed for days appears to be stalled on its way to Kyiv, the Ukrainian capital. Russia has kept up a steady stream of indiscriminate bombing, killing thousands of civilians, according to Ukrainian government officials, utilizing weapons that are banned by the Geneva Convention, and causing the most rapid mass migration of displaced people in this century.

It's been a week since Russia began its aggression into Ukraine, and an estimated one million refugees have already poured into neighboring countries on Ukraine’s Western border. UN officials say that if the Russian invasion continues, as many as four million more refugees could follow.

Joining Tom now is Krish Vignarajah, the president and CEO of the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, an aid organization based here in Baltimore…

Krish Vignarajah joins us on Zoom.

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Krish O'Mara Vignarajah is the president and CEO of the non-profit Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service in Baltimore (photo courtesy LIRS)

If you're wondering how you can help the Ukraine refugees, check out this report by NPR's Jeff Dean and Jonathan Franklin, listing some of the many groups now providing assistance to people displaced by the Russian invasion.

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