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Number of Ukrainians of conscription age seeking refuge in Russia up by 20,000 in a week

February 02, 2015, 22:08 UTC+3 MOSCOW
According to the Russian Federal Migration Service, about 2.5 million Ukrainian nationals, including 1.193 million men of conscription age, are staying in the territory of Russia
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MOSCOW, February 2 /TASS/. Ukrainian men of conscription age are seeking refuge in Russia in numbers that increased by 20,000 in one week, the press service of the Russian Federal Migration Service (FMS) said on Monday.

"About 2.5 million Ukrainian nationals, including 1.193 million men of conscription age, are staying in the territory of Russia," the FMS told TASS. More than 850,000 people have arrived from Ukraine’s south-eastern regions.

"About 440,000 people who were forced to leave south-eastern Ukraine have applied for a refugee status, temporary shelter or temporary residence permit," the FMS press service went on to say.

Russia has 531 temporary refugee centers in its territory for 27,000 Ukrainian refugees.

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