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Russia offers shelter to 50,000 Ukrainian refugees

August 11, 2014, 10:52 UTC+3 MOSCOW
The Emergencies Ministry has organized 703 temporary accommodation facilities where 51,319 people are staying, including 17,027 children
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MOSCOW, August 11. /ITAR-TASS/. Russia has accommodated over 50,000 Ukrainian refugees, spokesperson for the Emergencies Ministry (EMERCOM) Alexander Drobyshevsky told ITAR-TASS on Monday.

“We receive refugees, offer them temporary accommodation and necessary services,” he said. “We have organized 703 temporary accommodation facilities where 51,319 people are staying, including 17,027 children.”

The refugees receive food, medical, psychological, and informational services, he added. “We have launched a hotline for refugees, and received over 6,100 calls.”

EMERCOM’s aviation, as well as bus convoys and trains, deliver refugees from the Rostov region and Crimea to Russia’s other regions. 

“A mobile hospital continues operating in the Rostov region,” he said. “Since July 2, it has received almost 1,600 Ukrainian citizens, including 248 children.”

 

Situation in the Rostov region

Four tent camps for Ukrainian refugees in the Rostov region are full as they shelter over 5,000 refugees, a representative of local authorities Alexander Titov said on Monday. “In view of the complicated situation here, the region’s government has been organizing more routes to transport the refugees to Russia’s other regions,” he said.

Every day, trains from the region take up to 3,000 refugees from war-torn Ukraine. On Sunday, about 1,300 people, including 370 children, left the Rostov region, the source said.

Over 50,000 refugees from Ukraine remain currently in the Rostov region. Almost 10,000 people, including 1,300 children, currently stay at 92 temporary accommodation facilities. Another 41,000 Ukrainian citizens are staying at their relatives or friends.

The customs authorities say all six border-crossing stations in the Rostov region are working in the routine mode.

 

Military operation in Ukraine's south-east

Pro-Kiev troops and local militias in the eastern Ukrainian Donetsk and Luhansk regions are involved in fierce clashes as the Ukrainian armed forces are conducting a military mission to regain control over the breakaway regions, which on May 11 proclaimed their independence at local referendums.

During the military operation, Kiev used armored vehicles, heavy artillery and attack aviation. Many buildings have been destroyed, and tens of thousands of people have had to flee Ukraine’s embattled east.

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