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Russia to provide aircraft for evacuation of injured Ukrainians

July 05, 2014, 1:01 UTC+3 MOSCOW
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MOSCOW, July 05, /ITAR-TASS/. Russia’s Emergencies Ministry (EMERCOM) is ready to provide aircraft for evacuation of people injured in the conflict zone in eastern Ukraine, a deputy Russian emergencies minister said Friday.

Earlier, Russia’s Health Ministry said Health Minister Veronika Skvortsova asked her Ukrainian counterpart Oleg Musy to allow all patients from the Lugansk and Donetsk regions where the armed standoff continues to undergo medical treatment in Russia.

“EMERCOM supports the Russian Health Ministry’s initiative to carry out treatment on our territory of Ukrainian nationals injured in the conflict area,” Russian Deputy Emergencies Minister Vladimir Stepanov told journalists.

“In this connection, Russia’s Emergencies Ministry prepared enough planes and helicopters. We are ready to provide them at any moment,” he said.

Stepanov also said Russia has been conducting work to meet and accommodate Ukrainian citizens in Russia for many weeks.

“Hundreds of people are delivered by EMERCOM aviation and vehicles daily to places where they will decide their future. These are mainly temporary accommodation centers. People are met with care,” he said.

Earlier Friday, EMERCOM sent humanitarian aid to Ukrainian refugees in the southern Russian Rostov Region. An Ilyushin Il-76 (NATO reporting name: Candid) strategic airlifter with 40 metric tons of foodstuffs on board landed in the Rostov-on-Don airport.

Ukrainians keep leaving the war-torn Donetsk and Lugansk regions in eastern Ukraine where the Ukrainian military, units of the “national guard” and the Right Sector ultranationalist movement have been conducting a punitive operation against residents demanding federalization and greater rights for Russian language speakers.

Russian Regional Development Minister Igor Slyunyayev said Monday that the number of Ukrainian refugees arriving in Russia from the embattled Southeast of Ukraine may reach 300,000 by the end of this year.

President Vladimir Putin said at a meeting with Russian ambassadors and permanent representatives on Tuesday that Russia will provide assistance to refugees from Ukraine.

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