Number of registered Ukrainian refugees approaching 19,000 in Russia

Official estimates put the number of refugees from Ukraine currently staying in Russia at around 19,000.

Official estimates put the number of refugees from Ukraine currently staying in Russia at around 19,000.

"As of 6:00 a.m. Moscow time today, the number of registered refugees who have crossed from the territory of Ukraine stood at over 18,900 people. They are staying in the Southern, Central and Northwestern Federal Districts, as well as Sevastopol and Crimea," Russian Emergency Situations Ministry spokesman Alexander Drobyshevsky told Interfax on Thursday.

More than half of these refugees - over 10,000 people - are staying with their relatives and friends.

"Temporary refugees shelters are currently home to 8,800 people, among them over 4,500 children," he said.

The most refugees - more than 11,300 people, including over 3,000 children- are now staying in Russia's Southern Federal District, the official said.

"The Southern Federal District has accepted over 5,200 people, including more than 2,400 children, over the past 24 hours alone," Drobyshevsky said.

More than 2,700 Ukrainian refugees are living in 42 temporary shelters set up in the district, including two mobile shelters.

Russia's Central Federal District has accepted over 2,400 people recently, the Northwestern Federal District 468, Sevastopol 428, and Crimea more than 4,200 people, among them over 2,300 children.

Over the past 24 hours alone, 97 people, who are staying with their relatives today, have applied to Russia's migration authorities for refugee status, Drobyshevsky said,

People who have fled fighting in Ukraine's southeastern regions require psychological support.

"Such support has been provided to more than 370 refugees in the past 24 hours alone. Ninety-seven refugees sought medical care," the ministry spokesman said.

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