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168000 Ukraine refugees in Russia: UN
August 6, 2014, 4:30 am

Refugees flee across Ukraine-Russian border [AP]

Refugees flee across Ukraine-Russian border [AP]

A new UN report says about 168,000 asylum seekers from Ukraine had crossed the border into Russia and requested to obtain refugee status there after months of violence in eastern Ukraine.

Almost 285,000 people have fled Ukraine’s restive areas as of early August, up 55,000 from the number of mid-July, shows new UN figures.

Among the affected population are people who have been displaced from southern Crimean peninsula, Lugansk and Donetsk regions in the eastern part of the country, according to the document released by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

Every day, around 1,000 people are leaving the conflict areas and 117,000 refugees have found shelters in calm Ukrainian regions since the turmoil in the eastern European country began in February, it said.

According to another UN report, at least 1,129 people have been killed and 3,442 others wounded in the Ukraine crisis as of July 26.

 

Source: Agencies

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