Russia estimates that more than half a million refugees have arrived from Ukraine, the majority from Donetsk and Lugansk

File - A woman in the town of Verjnotoretske, located near the front line in Donetsk, in eastern Ukraine

File – A woman in the town of Verjnotoretske, located near the front line in Donetsk, in eastern Ukraine – ANDRIY ANDRIYENKO / ZUMA PRESS / CONTACTOPHOTO

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MADRID, March 31 (Royals Blue) –

The Russian authorities have estimated this Monday at more than half a million people who have arrived in the country fleeing the war in Ukraine, most of them from the Donbas region (east), where the self-proclaimed people’s republics of Ukraine are located. Donetsk and Luhansk.

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Official sources quoted by the Russian news agency TASS have indicated that “until the morning of March 31, almost 530,000 people have arrived in Russia from the people’s republics of Donetsk and Lugansk –recognized as independent by Moscow–, as well as like from the Ukraine.

Thus, they have stressed that around 37,000 people have arrived in the country during the last day, while adding that the refugees include more than 107,000 children. Most have arrived from Donetsk and Lugansk, although others did so through checkpoints in the Belgorod, Kursk and Bryansk regions, as well as through Crimea, a peninsula annexed in 2014 by Russia, in a decision not recognized by Russia. the international community.

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More than four million people have left Ukraine since Russia began its invasion on February 24, according to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), a figure that was already anticipated shortly after the start of the offensive. military.

For its part, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) estimates that two million children have left Ukraine since the beginning of the invasion and, of these, 1.1 million have arrived in Poland. In addition, some 2.5 million now live as internally displaced persons.

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