MOSCOW, September 8 (RIA Novosti) - Moscow has allocated around $27 million to aid the refugees from Ukraine, Russia’s Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev told the Vedomosti newspaper in an interview.
“This is a humanitarian tragedy; we are considering this and are already adding funds to the regions. And this is not a small amount of money. Over the recent time, I had to make a number of decisions, relating to funding the refugees’ presence, which already reached around $27 million,” Medvedev said in an interview released Monday.
The influx of the refugees from southeastern Ukraine to Russia, who had to flee their homes due to the armed conflict between the government forces and the pro-independence movement, has increased in the recent months. According to Russia’s Federal Migration Service, around 820,000 Ukrainians have crossed the border into Russia since April. Sunday, a representative for Russia’s emergency response center told RIA Novosti that over 1,000 temporary accommodation facilities, housing around 59,000 people, have been established across the country.