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No humanitarian corridors provided for Ukrainian refugees — Kremlin administration chief

June 19, 2014, 16:25 UTC+3 DMITRIADOVKA VILLAGE

“People are fleeing on their own, roads are coming under gunfire,” Sergei Ivanov, the Kremlin administration chief, emphasizes

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DMITRIADOVKA VILLAGE, June 19. /ITAR-TASS/. People are literally squeezed out of Ukraine to Russia, with no humanitarian corridors provided for those who want to leave areas of combat operations, Sergei Ivanov, the Kremlin administration chief, said on Thursday.

“I would refrain from speaking about political matters, but no humanitarian corridors have yet been provided. People are fleeing on their own, roads are coming under gunfire. It looks like there are simply being squeezed out of the country, mostly to Russia,” he said at a meeting with volunteers and representatives of charity organizations helping Ukrainian refugees.

The Kremlin administration chief Sergei Ivanov arrived on Thursday in Russia’s southern Rostov region to inspect the situation with refugees coming from conflict-gripped southeastern regions of Ukraine.

According to the Rostov region administration, about 9,000 Ukrainian refugees have by now arrived in the region and their numbers are further growing. The region has practically exhausted its possibilities to provide accommodations and care to these people. The authorities have begun to arrange tent camps for refugees.

Almost 19,000 Ukrainian have been driven to Russia by the ongoing conflict in that country. They found shelter in Russia’s Southerm Central and Northwestern federal districts, and in Crimea. More than a half of refugees - some 10,000 people - are staying at their relatives’ or friends’. As many as 8,800 people, including 4,500 children, have been accommodated at temporary accommodation centres, where there are provided with meals, medical and psychological services. If the situation with forced migrants becomes still more difficult, such centres will be organized in Russia’s Urals and Volga federal districts.

Sergei Ivanov has voiced surprise over the world’s indifference about the humanitarian disaster in south-eastern Ukraine.

“The situation in the southeast of Ukraine is dramatic, to put it mildly. In fact it is a real humanitarian disaster,” Ivanov said.

“One cannot but feel surprise why only one country in the world Russia is paying attention to this problem,” Ivanov said, adding that various UN organizations addressing the problems of refugees kept mum and pretended nothing was happening.

During the trip to the Rostov region, Ivanov plans to visit two children’s holidaying centres that are now used to accommodate refugees from Ukraine. He will also hold a government meeting on assistance to Ukrainians who found shelter in Russia.

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