Today marks six months since the Russian President's announcement of starting a 'special military operation' in Ukraine. The Russian forces' invasion of Ukraine started on February 24th, 2022 after Moscow's refusal of Ukraine's bid to join NATO.
Vladimir Putin had also announced the independence of two breakaway regions of eastern Ukraine, Donetsk and Luhansk. Putin further signed a decree recognizing the self-proclaimed "Donetsk People's Republic" (DPR) and the "Luhansk People's Republic" (LPR) as independent regions.
UNICEF reported as of early August, 10.3 million people, mostly women, and children have crossed borders from Ukraine to the neighboring countries in the European Union.