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    Ukrainian refugees at Rostov-on-Don railway station. File photo

    Over 400,000 Ukrainians Ready to Integrate Into Russian Society

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    Over 400,000 Ukrainian refugees in Russia are waiting to be integrated into the Russian society, the Federal Migration Service (FMS) said Saturday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) More than 1.3 million displaced Ukrainians have contacted FMS since the start of the armed conflict in southeastern Ukraine in April 2014. Over 419,000 have filed asylum claims, according to the agency.

    "Russia has done everything in its power to take in Ukrainian citizens who have been forced to flee Ukraine. Over 400,000 people are potentially ready to integrate into the Russian society," the migration agency said.

    FMS estimates that a total of 2.6 million Ukrainians are currently living in Russia, 1.1 million of them from the war-hit southeastern regions.

    According to the UN Refugee Agency, Russia is the world's second biggest recipient of asylum claims after Germany.


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      Strange how the Western media ignores all of what has happened in Donbass. You never see the people of Donbass on the adverts begging for Western Charity? I sincerely hope Donbass finds peace in 2016 and those that enjoyed the cookie monster diet, realise what they have lost.
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