Volunteers Cheer People at Lviv Train Station

️ A piano has been placed outside the entrance to the railway station in Lviv, Ukraine.

Volunteers and passersby have been sitting down at the instrument, playing and helping to spread hope with their music.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees said Thursday that 1 million people have fled Ukraine in the past week alone, one of the fastest and largest mass exoduses of people in conflict situations in decades.

“Hour by hour, minute by minute, more people are fleeing the terrifying reality of violence. Countless have been displaced inside the country,” Filippo Grandi said in a statement. “And unless there is an immediate end to the conflict, millions more are likely to be forced to flee Ukraine.”

Intensification of the Russian offensive has seen multiple cities across the country come under air and ground attack in the past week. Russian tanks and armored vehicles are continuing to roll through the country threatening several large cities.

Grandi told the U.N. Security Council on Monday that he had not seen “such an incredibly fast-rising exodus of people – the largest, surely, within Europe, since the Balkan wars.”

“We are currently planning – repeat: planning – for up to 4 million refugees in the coming days and weeks,” Grandi said Monday.

When he briefed the council on Monday, he said more than 280,000 people had fled to Poland alone. As of Wednesday, UNHCR said the number had nearly doubled to 547,982 people.

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