The number of refugees from Ukraine to Russia has exceeded 500,000 people since the beginning of the punitive operation in Ukraine initiated by Kiev, according to the Russian Federal Migration Service. Some 26 out of 85 regions of the Russian Federation have opened their boundaries for the refugees from Ukraine, with about 246 temporary settlements set up across the country, mostly in central pregions, and also in Crimea and Rostov region.
Austria will shorten the currently indefinite term of asylum to a maximum of three years and will tighten the process for refugee family reunions amid a large-scale migrant crisis, the country’s government said on Tuesday.
Earlier, it was reported that PACE officials planned to visit Rostov region on December 8-10. In November, a delegation of the German parliament came to the region and met with Ukrainian refugees.
About 40,000 Ukrainian refugees currently remain in Russia; 12,500 children are among them.
According to the Russian Emergencies Ministry's spokesperson, the refugees are provided with everything they need, including medical and psychological assistance.
Russia’s second largest crude oil producer Lukoil has allocated $88 thousand in aid to Ukrainian refugees in Western Siberia, the company said in a statement Tuesday.
More than 200,000 citizens of Ukraine have sought refuge in Russia since the start of hostilities in southeastern Ukraine, Russian Federal Migration Service (FMS) spokesman Gennady Demyanchenko said Thursday.
A representative of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) told RIA Novosti Tuesday the agency referred to governments for any statistical data it used to analyze a refugee situation in a country.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is not planning to launch its own fact-finding into the information on Ukrainian refugees, despite conflicting reports about the number of people who fled the violence amid the crisis, UNHCR's representative to the Council of Europe Gert Westerveen told RIA Novosti Tuesday.
At the moment almost 57,000 Ukrainian refugees are in temporary camps in Russia, an intra-departmental Emergency Operation Center representative told RIA Novosti.
Russia’s Cabinet of Ministers has distributed almost 100 million rubles [$2.7 million] among the country’s regions to provide targeted support for refugees from Ukraine who are hosted by Russian families, according to a statement published on the government’s website.
More than 800,000 Ukrainians have fled Ukraine for Russia since the start of Kiev’s military operation in southeastern Ukraine; some 130,000 have applied for asylum, Russia’s Federal Migration Service told RIA Novosti Saturday.
Russia’s envoy to the UN, Vitaly Churkin, told the UN Security Council Thursday that the current escalation of hostilities in southeastern Ukraine is a result of Kiev’s war against its own people.
More than 45,000 refugees from southeastern Ukraine have been taken from areas bordering Ukraine to Russia’s interior regions, while all Russian temporary accommodation centers are currently home to nearly 60,000 Ukrainians, a representative from Russia’s emergency response center told RIA Novosti Monday.
About 60,190 refugees from southeastern Ukraine are currently staying in Russian temporary accommodation centers, an emergency response center representative told RIA Novosti on Thursday.
The number of refugees from southeastern Ukraine housed in temporary facilities across Russia has increased by almost 6,000 and now makes up around 58,000 people, a representative for the interdepartmental control headquarters told RIA Novosti on Monday.
The number of Ukrainian refugees sheltered in the Russian temporary accommodation facilities has increased to almost 52,000, an emergency response center representative told RIA Novosti on Friday.
Almost 17,000 children from southeastern Ukraine are staying in temporary accommodation settlements in Russia, the Russian Ministry of Civil Defense, Emergencies and Disaster Relief (EMERCOM) said Thursday.
Russians calling the Russian Civil Chamber hotline have expressed their readiness to host children from southeast Ukraine whose parents died in the military conflict, a member of the chamber, Yulia Zimova, said Tuesday.
Russia’s presidential human rights council said on Monday that the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe shared its concerns about east Ukraine violence, but failed to answer the appeal to evacuate children from war-torn regions.
Russia may see up to one million Ukrainian refugees at once if Ukrainian special forces launch a full-scale assault on Donetsk and Luhansk, Russian Civil Chamber member Georgy Fyodorov said Monday.
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