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Russia’s advances have brought death and destruction to major cities across Ukraine, fueling a rapidly growing humanitarian crisis.The International Organization for Migration said Friday that as many as 1.25 million people had now fled the country. UNICEF said that around half of those fleeing are children, with around 500,000 children, including infants, forced to leave their homes behind, according to the agency’s estimates. It said the exodus was “unprecedented in scale and speed.“Air raid sirens sounded early Friday in the western city Lviv, which has become a hub for international diplomats, the news media and refugees fleeing west. Trains from Kyiv. Kharkiv and other cities under attack have been packed with families desperate to find safety. Civilians who have stayed have been forced to shelter in basements and metro stations, while others have taken up arms to join the fight.Kremlin crackdownAs the invasion has progressed and its military has struggled to make progress, Russia has admitted suffering some military casualties.But as its global isolation has grown, Putin has tightened his grip domestically. The country’s parliament passed a bill Friday introducing sentences of up to 15 years in prison for intentionally spreading “fake” information about military action.March 4, 202200:51Putin’s …

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