Russia accommodates over 11,000 refugees from east Ukraine

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Publish Date: 13:26 - 22 June 2014
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Russia has provided shelter to over 11,200 refugees from eastern Ukraine at temporary accommodation centers, Russia's Emergencies Ministry spokesman Alexander Drobyshevsky said on Sunday.
"Over 200 temporary accommodation points have been set up in the regions of the Central and Southern Federal Districts bordering on Ukraine, of which 182 accommodate over 11,200 people, including more than 5,200 children," the spokesman said, adding that four mobile points had been additionally established to cater to 2,000 people.
   
"Inter-departmental groups are exercising control over the arrival of citizens, their registration and accommodation at temporary points and at the places of their relatives and acquaintances upon decision by those who arrive," Drobyshevsky said.
   
The Russian Emergencies Ministry's regional crisis control centers have set up round-the-clock telephone hotlines, which have received almost 700,000 calls, the spokesman said.
   
"Aircraft and helicopters of Russia's Emergencies Ministry have organized air links and the delivery of refugees to other regions from Crimea and the Rostov Region," Drobyshevsky said.
   
"Specifically, Emergencies Ministry planes have transported 116 people from these areas to the Voronezh Region," the ministry spokesman said.
   
"Russia's Emergencies Ministry has also set up combined auto columns for the transportation of up to 1,000 people to temporary accommodation centers at a time. In particular, auto columns have transported 149 people from the Rostov Region to the Republic of Adygheya," he said.
   
Over ten Russian regions are providing shelter to refugees from east Ukraine, the scene of fierce fighting between Kiev's military forces and local self-defense militia in recent weeks, Russian Emergencies Deputy Minister Vladimir Stepanov said on Friday.
   
"This effort involves over ten regions, to which people are moving along transit routes," Stepanov told a government commission for emergency situations.
   
Russia's Emergencies Ministry is sending humanitarian cargoes to Russian regions requesting aid for Ukrainian refugees, the deputy minister said.
     
"The Emergencies Ministry is delivering canned food, medications and baby food to temporary accommodation centers."

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