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These charts reveal the catastrophe of Ukraine's refugee crisis


If you thought the ballot box would heal Ukraine, you were wrong, at least for now.

The past week has been election season for the troubled nation. On Oct. 26, the central Ukrainian government held parliamentary elections in which voters emphatically rejected radical candidates from both the left and right in favor of pro-Western moderates. Not to be outdone, on Nov. 2, pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine held their own elections in the self-declared "people's republics" of Donetsk and Luhansk. Western governments and Kyiv denounced the election, noting that it violated the Sept. 5 ceasefire agreement and warning Russia to stay out of it. Russia responded by voicing support for Donetsk and Luhansk, but stopped short of fully recognizing the regions as independent.

One question is: What will these elections mean for the hundreds and thousands of Ukrainians who've been displaced by conflict?

At the beginning of September, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)  estimated that 260,000 people had been displaced within Ukraine by Russia's annexation of Crimea and by the fighting in eastern Ukraine. (These GIFs show how that number grew over the summer.)

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