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No one comes out of Ukrainian embassy to meet with refugees

August 01, 2014, 16:31 UTC+3 1 1/8
"But we all are grateful to Russia for a place where we can escape, where our lives is out of danger," woman from Luhansk says
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MOSCOW, August 01./ITAR-TASS/. Hundreds of refugees gathered near the Ukrainian embassy in Moscow, but no one came out to meet with them.

Women and children stood at the fence for more than an hour, asking for help to process documents and demanding to open humanitarian corridors.

"When I left, on July 11, all the borders were closed. We failed to go to Rostov. It was luck that we managed to get to Moscow," Elena, a woman from Donetsk, told ITAR-TASS. "I left my parents in the Leninsky district (in Donetsk). They reside in a basement, as the city is bombed constantly. They cannot leave. They are factually held as hostages."

The woman also complained about migration document formalities. " I have a 13-year-old child. I do not know when he will go to school. We are ready to work. We do not need a benefit, but a permit is required for the job. We are sent from one place to another, though we have no money for the fare to get here by a suburban train."

"But we all are grateful to Russia for a place where we can escape, where our lives is out of danger," said a woman from Luhansk, who came with her small daughter.

"Those who left for Kiev are not viewed as people there at all, and men are immediately taken into the army."

When asked whether the Ukraine diaspora or embassy staff helped refugees, women only shook their heads. "Help comes only from Muscovites, ordinary people. Some bring food products. Some transfer money through the Internet."

According to the Russian Emergencies Ministry, more than 37,000 Ukrainian refugees are in temporary accommodation centres in Russia.

A total of 514 centres for refugees are set up in Russia, where 37,545 people, including 13,328 children, are accommodated, the ministry's spokesman Alexander Drobyshevsky told ITAR-TASS earlier.

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