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13,500 people already flee to Russia from Ukraine

June 18, 2014, 16:47 UTC+3 MOSCOW
The inflow of refugees to Russia will grow, if martial law is introduced in Donetsk and Luhansk regions in the southeast of the country
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MOSCOW, June 18. /ITAR-TASS/. More than 200 temporary camps for Ukrainian refugees with round-the-clock meals, medical aid and migration services are prepared in Russian regions bordering Ukraine, Minister of Emergency Situations Vladimir Puchkov told ITAR-TASS on Wednesday. More than 13,500 refugees from southeast Ukraine, including more than 6,200 children, are staying in Russia.

The inflow of refugees to Russia will grow, if martial law is introduced in Donetsk and Luhansk regions in the southeast of the country. These Kiev plans will give a free hand to Ukrainian law enforcement agencies, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told reporters on Wednesday.

Around 4,000 people have already asked for a refugee status, Russian Federal Migration Service said. As many as 3,630 refugees, most of them in southern Russia’s Rostov-on-Don Region are accommodated in southern regions. About 1,400 refugees have already been received in central Russia and 1,460 people in the Russian Republic of Crimea.

As many as 370 people, including 111 for yesterday alone, have been put on migration register in central Russia’s Vladimir Region since early June. First 79 refugees are coming to the Russian North Caucasian Republic of Kabardino-Balkaria on Wednesday. As many as 200 Ukrainian citizens had arrived in Voronezh Region in the south of the European part of Russia for the last two days. Twelve frontiermen were accommodated in Siberia’s Khabarovsk Territory. 640 Ukrainians turned for different kinds of aid in southern Russia’s Astrakhan Region and jobs had already been created for 100 people in the region. The government of Tula Region in the south of the European part of Russia stated they are prepared to receive 5,000 refugees. A second station for collecting humanitarian aid for refugees from southeast Ukraine was opened in the Volga River city of Yaroslavl. The emergency aid headquarters for refugees from Ukraine was formed in Samara Region in the Volga River basin.

Other neighbouring Russian constituent entities, particularly southern Russia’s Stavropol Territory, are prepared to help refugees. For instance, Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Khloponin instructed acting Stavropol territorial Governor Vladimir Vladimirov to provide 2,000-3,000 jobs for Ukrainians.

President Vladimir Putin pledged on June 3 to give several instructions for aid to refugees from south-eastern Ukrainian regions.

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