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“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.
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.