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UN: 110,000 people fled Ukraine to Russia this year

Published time: June 27, 2014 09:37
Edited time: June 27, 2014 14:41

A line of refugees at a checkpoint in Donetsk, Rostov Region (Reuters / Sergey Pivovarov)

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The number of Ukrainian refugees in Russia has reached 110,000 people, while the 54,400 others have been internally displaced, the UN’s refugee department stated.

Some 16,400 people fled their homes in eastern Ukraine in the past week, many citing a deteriorating situation and fears of abduction, bringing the number of displaced within the country to 54,000.

"We are seeing a sharp rise in (internal) displacement in Ukraine," Melissa Fleming, chief spokeswoman of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), told a news briefing.

9,500 people have officially applied for the asylum in Russia Melissa Fleming said, while 700 others have gone to Poland, Belarus, the Czech Republic and Romania.

Refugees from southeastern Ukraine unpack bags with aid prepared for them at the transit refugee camp at Artek Center in Simferopol (Reuters / Andrey Iglov)

Russia is taking “very good care” of refugees from Ukraine by helping them to cross the border and providing proper accommodation, the representative of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Baisa Vak-Voya, told RT, after visiting a refugee camp in the Rostov region on the Russian side of the border.

"Russia is very favorable. The government is taking care of them very well. They cross the border in a very organized way. Those who have relatives there go to their relatives. Those who don’t go to the government organized tent camp, which is run by the Ministry of Emergency. To be honest, this is one of the most equipped and well-run and professionally managed camp I have seen,” he said.

Russia's emergency ministry says over 16 thousand refugees have been housed in camps in Russia.

The Russian Emergency Ministry is ready to open over 1,000 shelters to host refugees from Ukraine in case it’s necessary, the deputy head of Russia’s Emergency Ministry, Vladimir Stepanov, told RIA-Novosti.

Refugees from southeastern Ukraine at a tent camp in Donetsk, Rostov Region (RIA Novosti / Sergey Pivovarov)

More than 240 temporary shelters are currently open.

Stepanov stressed that the work to host the Ukrainian citizens is carried out constantly and the refugees are hosted in 26 of the 85 Russian regions.

Also, President Vladimir Putin ordered the government to draft measures to help Ukrainian citizens in the conflict zone and who come to Russia.

"I would ask you to think how we can help people, who found themselves in the conflict zone and who come to our territory. It is clear that the volume of refugees is such already that regions have difficulty coping on their own," Putin said at a meeting with government members.

Comments (64)


Suzanne Majo De Kuyper 20.08.2014 17:02

Two weeks ago Russia passed a law that gave any Russian Ukrainian refugee immediate citizenship if they wanted it so as to remain safe. Many thousands have deliberately blocked from leaving so they would die where they stood or crouched. Orders from Washington DC.


Dr. Bernhard Junk 06.08.2014 09:09

The victims flee to so so called Agressor Russia. They voted with their feet because their referendum was refused by anyone. The German press comments is full with respect for Putin helping the refugees. Everybody is realizing that people do not flee to kiev but to Russia. Why not seperate like Scotland ?


idaho4331 29.07.2014 16:09

This situation was the product of Putin putting pressure on Pres. Viktor to reverse his decision to establish a deal with the UE and sign a deal with Russia. Unfortunately the majority of the Ukrainian people did not want to align with the bear and they protested and Viktor was not forced out but rather he fled with millions to the open arms of Putin and the situation escalated due to Russia's escalation, arms etc to destabilize Ukraine. For those that decided to move to Russia enjoy your stay. The lack of cooperation in investigating MH 17 is disgusting and points to the moral fiber of the pro Russian rebels.

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