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Over 1,000 refugees from southeast Ukraine arrive in Moscow region in a week

July 30, 2014, 13:02 UTC+3 MOSCOW
There are 142 pregnant women among the refugees, and 14 babies have already been born to refugee families
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MOSCOW, July 30. /ITAR-TASS/. Russia’s Social Security Minister Olga Zabralova said on Wednesday that 1,074 refugees from Ukraine’s Donetsk and Luhansk regions have arrived in the Moscow region over the past week. The region has 10,633 displaced persons from Ukraine, including 2,838 children.

Zabralova said 381 people, including 157 children, are staying in nine temporary refugee centers. All the other refugees are staying with their relatives; in holiday-making homes and in families of local people who have agreed to shelter them.

The minister said another temporary refugee center in the Moscow region is ready to receive refugees from Ukraine. The minister added there were 142 pregnant women among the refugees, and that 14 babies had already been born to refugee families.

More than 9,600 Ukrainian refugees have applied for temporary asylum in the Moscow region. The Russian government has cut the deadline for considering refugees’ applications from three months to three days.

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