Russia puts the number of refugees from Ukraine at more than a million


File – Two people try to leave the city of Mariupol, located in southeastern Ukraine, to reach Russia – Maximilian Clarke / Zuma Press / ContactPhoto

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MADRID, 27 Apr. (EUROPE PRESS) –

The Russian authorities have estimated this Wednesday at more than one million the number of refugees arriving from Ukraine due to the conflict, triggered on February 24 by the invasion order given by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Official sources quoted by the Russian news agency TASS have indicated that “since the worsening of the situation in Donbas, more than a million people have arrived in Russia from the Donetsk and Lugansk republics and the territory of Ukraine.”

Thus, they have detailed that among the total there are “more than 182,000 children” and have added that most of the arrivals have taken place from the self-proclaimed republics of Donetsk and Lugansk, whose independence was recognized by Russia days before the start of the invasion.

On the other hand, they have stated that around 33,000 people, including “more than 11,500 children”, have been housed in more than 490 temporary centers located in 50 regions of the country, while the rest are in the homes of relatives, friends or They have looked for accommodation on their own.

The Ukrainian authorities have accused Russia of carrying out forced population transfers from the territories it controls in the framework of the invasion that began on February 24 by order of Putin, although Moscow has rejected these accusations and has stressed that limited to facilitating the transfer of those who want to flee the war.

According to data published on Sunday by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on its website — the latest to date — 5,264,767 people have fled Ukraine because of the war, including nearly 614,000 who have crossed the border with Russia.

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