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Ukraine war: refugee ‘exodus’ has reached a million, says UN, as Russia takes over Kherson

First major city falls under de facto Russian control as UN says total number of refugees could eventually reach 4 million

The Black Sea port of Kherson has become the first major Ukrainian target to fall under the de facto control of Russia forces, as the United Nations said more than a million people had fled the country since the invasion began a week ago.

As the international criminal court said it had begun collecting evidence of possible war crimes in Ukraine, Kherson’s mayor, Igor Kolykhaiev, said in a Facebook post early on Thursday that Russian troops were in control of the city hall and that residents should obey a curfew imposed by what he called the “armed visitors”.

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