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Over 730,000 Ukrainians flee conflict zone to Russia - Federal Migration Service

July 30, 2014, 2:37 UTC+3 MOSCOW
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MOSCOW, July 30 /ITAR-TASS/. More than 730,000 Ukrainians have fled Ukraine’s southeastern regions to Russia since the beginning of the conflict, Russia’s Federal Migration Service said on Tuesday.

“As of today, about 160,000 Ukrainian citizens have consulted Russia’s migration service on issues of long-term stay in Russia not linked with labour activities. Apart from that, more than 57,000 Ukrainians have applied for temporary residence permits,” the press service of the Russian Federal Migration Service told Itar-Tass.

More than 48,000 Ukrainian national have asked temporary asylum and a refugee status, more than 27,000 have applied for Russian citizenship. More than 19,000 Ukrainians have sought to obtain residence permits and more than 12,000 have opted to join Russia’s state programme for re-settlers.

“In the past 24 hours, the Federal Migration Service and the Emergencies Ministry organized plane and bus flights to take 907 Ukrainian citizens from Russia’s southern Rostov region [bordering Ukraine] to other Russian regions. As many as 1,187 people more will be taken from the Rostov region later in the day,” the press service said.

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