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Ukrainian child refugees

Russia hosts 14,000 Ukrainian child refugees: Ombudsman

Sat Jun 28, 2014

The number of child refugees entering Russia from southeast Ukraine has reached 14,000 amid the ongoing crisis in the region, the Russian children's ombudsman says.

Speaking during a visit to Russia's northern port of Murmansk on Friday, Pavel Astakhov announced that some 40,000 refugees with an official refugee status are currently living in Russia, but the number is expected to increase as thousands cross into the country every day from neighboring Ukraine.

Astakhov also noted that 15 centers had been set up for helping the children of refugees and addressing their needs of employment and schools.

The remarks came on the same day that the UN refugee agency said at least 164,000 Ukrainians have fled their homes due to the current turmoil in the eastern European country. (...)

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