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Over 40K Ukrainians arrive in Russia's Rostov region

Iran Press TV

Sun Jul 27, 2014 12:35PM GMT

Russia's Ministry of Emergency Situations says the number of Ukrainian refugees that have been accommodated in Russia's Rostov Province has exceeded 40,000.

The ministry's main department for the region reported on Sunday that a total of 40,243 people, including 13,289 children, have been accommodated in the region.

It said as many as 683 people have been housed in the region's municipalities over the past day. Moreover, 90 temporary accommodation facilities have been deployed in the region, where 5,054 people have found shelter.

More than 32,000 people have also been put up at the relatives' and friends' houses, the report added.

According to reports, the Ukrainian refugees' life support activity involves about 3,000 people and nearly 800 machinery units.

Ukraine launched military operations in eastern regions of Donetsk and Lugansk in mid-April to crush the pro-Russia protests there. Violence intensified in May after the two flashpoint regions held local referendums, in which their residents voted overwhelmingly in favor of independence from Ukraine.

The referendums echoed a March vote in Ukraine's then autonomous region of Crimea that led to the integration of the Black Sea peninsula into the Russian Federation.

Hundreds of people have been killed in the ongoing military campaign in the country. Tens of thousands were also forced to escape to Russia, with the majority arriving in Russia's Rostov Province, which borders Ukraine's eastern regions of Donetsk and Lugansk.

The authorities of six Russian regions neighboring Ukraine recently declared a state of emergency due to the influx of refugees from the country's troubled areas.


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