MOSCOW, August 11 (RIA Novosti) - Russia has allocated 35 new temporary accommodation settlements for refugees from eastern Ukraine, reaching a total of 703 centers that altogether accommodate almost 51,500 people, an emergency response center representative told RIA Novosti on Monday.
“As of Monday morning, all temporary settlements on [Russian] territory accommodate 51,320 people. A day before there were 49,950 [refugees],” the representative said.
According to the source, 32,650 refugees have already been brought to the inner regions of Russia to be housed there.
The influx of Ukrainian refugees to Russia has increased dramatically since June due to the armed conflict between the Donbas independence supporters and Ukrainian forces. According to the United Nations, the number of people who have fled Ukraine for Russia since the beginning of the year is about 730,000.
As the Russian Federal Migration Service reported last week, about 60,000 of Ukrainians requested refugee status or temporary asylum in Russia.