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Some 60,000 Ukrainians apply for refugee status or temporary asylum in Russia

August 05, 2014, 16:16 UTC+3 MOSCOW
Ukrainians continue fleeing the war-torn Donetsk and Luhansk regions in eastern Ukraine
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MOSCOW, August 05. /ITAR-TASS/. Some 60,000 Ukrainians turned to the Russian migration authorities asking to be granted a refugee status or a permanent asylum in Russia after they left their crisis-hit country, the head of the Russian Federal Migration Service (FMS) said on Tuesday.

“Some 60,000 people applied either for the refugee status or for a permanent asylum,” Konstantin Romodanovsky said.

The FMS, he said, expects this number to surge as a new governmental resolution limiting the timeframe of issuing a temporary asylum to the period of three days since the date of application had recently came into effect. The number could reach a minimum of 100,000, according to him.

Infographics How to get refugee status in Russia How to get refugee status in Russia
About 10 thousand people filed applications with the Federal Migration Service (FMS) of Russia for refugee status in the recent 6 months. Infographics by ITAR-TASS
Romodanovsky said a total of two million Ukrainians are currently staying in Russia with 600,000 of them coming from the embattled southeastern regions of Ukraine and 36,000 staying in Russia’s temporary set-up shelters.

Ukrainians continue fleeing the war-torn Donetsk and Luhansk regions in eastern Ukraine where the Ukrainian military, units of the ‘national guard’ and squads of the Right Sector ultra-rightwing nationalists are conducting a dragged-out punitive operation against the people demanding federalization of the country and greater rights for the native speakers of the Russian language.

On early Monday a group of 438 Ukrainian troops and border guards from pro-Kiev forces crossed the border into Russia as they first asked for permission to enter the country seeking asylum.

According to Vasily Malayev, a spokesman for the southern border department with the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB), They said they were tired of war and wanted no further involvement.

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