KYIV, Ukraine. — Twelve days after Russia launched a full-scale military invasion of Ukraine, both sides are set to meet for a third round of talks today aimed at bringing the conflict to an end.
Russian forces have agreed to a limited ceasefire and the opening of humanitarian corridors in several cities, but the bombardment shows few signs of letting up.
Already more than a million and a half people have fled Ukraine to neighboring countries and the United Nations expects the refugee crisis will only get worse.
The International Committee of the Red Cross estimates at least 200-thousand more people have been trying to get out but have been unable to due to the constant fighting.
Anguish and trauma are characterizing the Ukrainian refugee experience, according to the UN.
Appearing on CBS’ Face the Nation, UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi said the influx of refugees into five countries surrounding Ukraine may be the fastest exodus of people in Europe since World War Two.
He explained that one of the biggest issues facing the UN and Red Cross is Russia’s refusal to comply with a ceasefire to allow humanitarian personnel and supplies into Ukraine.
Pope Francis announced he would be sending two cardinals to the war-torn country. Cardinals Konrad Krajewski and Michael Czerny have been dispatched to aid in an effort to bring peace.
During his Sunday blessing, the Pope referred to Ukraine as a “martyred country” and called for a full ceasefire, a return to negotiations, and the establishment of humanitarian corridors. He did not say where the cardinals were being sent to Ukraine.
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