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OSCE reports growing number of refugees moving from Ukraine to Russia

January 22, 2015, 19:02 UTC+3 MOSCOW
According to the observers' estimates, the number of people who had been moving out of Ukraine to Russia on January 14-21 was higher than the number of those who had moved into Ukraine
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MOSCOW, January 22. /TASS/. Observers from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) have reported a growing number of refugees moving from Ukraine to Russia through the Donetsk and Gukovo border checkpoints, the OBCE observer mission said in a report made public in Vienna.

According to the observers' estimates, the number of people who had been moving out of Ukraine to Russia on January 14-21 was higher than the number of those who had moved into Ukraine on the same dates. The average number of visitors to Ukraine and people crossing the state border on the way out totaled 6,295 against a little more than 430 on the average reported to have crossed the state border per day earlier.

Two more border checkpoints were built on the territory of the Rostov region in the south of Russia, apart from the four already existing border checkpoints. A regime of an emergency situation enforced last summer because of an avalanche of refugees from Ukraine remains in effect in eleven districts of the Rostov region, while in the remaining 44 regions the emergency regime was dropped, Rostov regional governor Vasily Golubev said in Rostov-on-Don Thursday.

Budgetary allocations to ensure support for refugees from Ukraine accommodated in the Rostov region totaled $13 million. A total of 38,390 refugees were accommodated in the Rostov region, the governor said, citing a regional government source.

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