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Russian regions collect money and relief aid for Ukrainian people

March 05, 2014, 20:36 UTC+3 MOSCOW
The prime minister of the Republic of Kalmykia, Igor Zotov, urged local officials on Wednesday to transfer money to help the people of Ukraine
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MOSCOW, March 05. /ITAR-TASS/. Russian regions continue raising funds and humanitarian aid for the people of Ukraine, while municipal governments are getting ready to receive refugees from the neighboring country.

Dagestan, a republic in Russia’s North Caucasus, has opened a unified bank account to where local government officials are supposed to transfer their one-day earnings, the Dagestani president’s administration press service told Itar-Tass on Wednesday.

The prime minister of the Republic of Kalmykia, Igor Zotov, urged local officials on Wednesday to transfer money to help the people of Ukraine.

“Today, I am transferring my one-day earnings to a special account. I am urging the members of my government as well as all ministries, agencies and the heads of municipal units to follow suit,” he emphasized, urging all municipal units to be ready to receive Ukrainian refugees.

Banks accounts and points for collecting relief aid for the people of Crimea have opened in Russia’s Tula region.

Pensioners in the Tomsk region, Western Siberia, could not stand aside. They have organized their own fund-raising campaign. Dozens of local residents and a number of public organizations have appealed to the regional administration to start collecting money for Ukraine. They hope that an all-Russian national account will open for that purpose soon.

Vasily Bochkaryov, the governor of the Penza region, 625 kilometers (388 mi) southeast of Moscow, has ordered the local administration and the regional Emergencies Ministry branch to set up aid collection points and organize the delivery of humanitarian relief aid to the people of Crimea.

The Federal Migration Service department for the Penza region received applications from ten native Ukrainians residing and working in the region on Monday and Tuesday who wrote they wanted to know about facilitated procedures for obtaining Russian citizenship by their relatives in Ukraine.

Stefan Panyak, a member of the National Cultural Autonomy of Ukrainians in Yekaterinburg, the Urals region, said on Wednesday that the Ukrainian community in the Sverdlovsk region was ready to accept refugees from Ukraine and help them with housing and employment. At present, the region has 18,000 Ukrainians who have come there in view of various circumstances.

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