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Deputy minister reveals how many refugees Russia took in from Ukraine and Donbass

It is reported that more than 41,000 arrivals are in 850 temporary accommodation centers in 59 Russian regions

MOSCOW, November 18. /TASS/. Russia has accepted almost 4.8 million refugees from Ukraine and Donbass since February, Deputy Minister of Emergency Situations Anatoly Suprunovsky said on Friday.

"More than 4,790,000 people arrived on the territory of Russia through checkpoints, including more than 712,000 children," he said at a meeting of the All-Russian Coordinating Council of Human Rights Commissioners dedicated to the protection of human rights in the field of migration. The reception of refugees began on February 18.

Eight thousand people are working to provide accommodations to arriving refugees. More than 41,000 arrivals are in 850 temporary accommodation centers in 59 Russian regions. About 1,600 more centers are ready to take people in. At these temporary accommodation facilities, they receive all sorts of assistance, including medical care. And 93,000 people in need of it have received it, including 31,000 children. Psychologists have offered assistance to 34,000 individuals. Also, 17,000 people were sent for sanatorium treatment in the southern regions of Russia.

In conformity with the decision of the Government of the Russian Federation, one-time financial assistance is provided to refugees. According to Suprunovsky, getting it has been simplified, for example, for refugees who arrived through Belarus and third countries. Payments to the residents of the DPR, LPR, and the Zaporozhye and Kherson Regions have also been resumed. "Payments have been made to 1,110,000 citizens for the amount of 11,100,000,000 rubles ($183,622,860)," the Emergency Situations deputy minister added.

During the humanitarian mission, convoys from the Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations delivered over 152,000 metric tons of humanitarian aid to the residents of Donetsk, Lugansk People's Republics, and the Kherson, Zaporozhye Regions, as well as to certain regions of Ukraine. From this, 1.7 million textbooks, classroom equipment, stationery and clothing were delivered by the beginning of the school year. In addition, more than 303 metric tons of medicines, including insulin, arrived in the affected regions.

Suprunovsky separately stressed that the Ministry of Emergency Situations of Russia is helping refugees to return home for free. "People provide their addresses, then colleagues check if the house is intact, and whether there is a place for a person to live, or a place to return to and if it is safe there. Then we transport people there in an organized manner with the help of Russian Railways," he explained.