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All but one South Russian refugee centers for Ukrainians to be closed by February 3

January 26, 2016, 19:21 UTC+3 ROSTOV-ON-DON

According to the regional government spokesman, people from Eastern Ukraine are returning to their home country or moving to their Russian relatives

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ROSTOV-ON-DON, January 26. /TASS/. Authorities in Russia’s South Rostov region are closing temporary refugee centers, and only one center will be operating by February 3, regional government spokesman Alexander Titov said on Tuesday.

"In the beginning of 2016, the region had seven temporary refugee centers housing more than 1,000 refugees," Titov said. "Currently three centers are working, hosting 700 people. We will start transporting refugees on February 1."

"One center with 250-300 people will remain by February 3," he said, adding that people are returning to their home country or moving to their Russian relatives.

"We started notifying people in the beginning of the year, and they treat the decision with understanding," Titov said. "Disabled people, single mothers, multi-children families and pensioners will stay in the camp."

More than 28,000 residents from south-eastern Ukraine are currently in the Rostov region. Most of them stay at their relatives and friends.

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