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Russia looks for engineers among Ukraine refugees to make fighter jets

October 16, 2014, 18:36 UTC+3 MOSCOW

Far Eastern officials went to the Rostov region on the border with Ukraine to search for Ukrainian specialists

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MOSCOW, October 16. /TASS/. Russia’s Far East authorities has sent delegations to southern Rostov region on the border with Ukraine will look for highly qualified Ukrainian personnel for Russia's largest warplane-producing plant situated in the region, Deputy Minister of Far East Development Maxim Shereikin told TASS.

“A very nice story may happen to the aviation plant in [Russian far eastern city] Komsomolsk-on-Amur. Ukraine has people with specific expertise, we have a plant which has a state order and some deficit in highly qualified manpower - engineers and masters. One of the planned advanced development territories seeks to localise production of components for aircraft and spacecraft. Specialists from specific Ukrainian plants are what we need,” he noted.

Far Eastern officials went to the Rostov region on the border with Ukraine to search for Ukrainian specialists.

The largest Russian Gagarin aviation plant based in Komsomolsk-on-Amur produces fighters of the Sukhoi family and a fifth-generation advanced aircraft system T-50 and components for a civilian airliner SuperJet-100.

As many as 8,249 Ukrainian citizens have come to far eastern regions from the start of military actions in east Ukraine, the Ministry of Far East Development said. A total 6,002 of them are able-bodied people as well as 2,182 children aged under 18 and 65 are not able-bodied people. As many as 9,060 Ukrainians are expected to arrive in the Far Eastern Federal District in 2014 over the current tense situation in Ukraine, the agency said.

Most Ukrainians coming to Russia are employed in working vocations, the Ministry of Far East Development said, noting that the sphere of services is ranked second on the list of jobs in high demand, with engineers, technicians, programmers and other vocations requiring higher special education on the third place.

“The migration process has two stages. First, receive people, provide them with living quarters and to pay allowances. Secondly, issue necessary documents and to find a job for them,” Shereikin said.

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