More than 16,000 refugees from southeastern Ukraine have been accommodated in shelters on the Russian territory, Emergency Situations Ministry spokesman Alexander Drobyshevsky said.
"As of Wednesday morning, Russia had deployed 223 shelters accommodating 16,507 refugees from Ukraine," Drobyshevsky told Interfax. In his words, the shelter population grew by over 2,000 persons in the past 24 hours.
Ministry aircraft transported 462 refugees and motor vehicles carried another 450 over the past day.
Refugees, who mostly come to the Rostov region, are being moved to the Central, Southern and North Caucasus Federal Districts - the Volgograd region, Adygeya, the Krasnodar and Stavropol territories, Kalmykia, and the Voronezh, Kursk, Lipetsk and Moscow regions.
Emergency Situations Minister Vladimir Puchkov said on Tuesday the Southern and Central Federal Districts had opened over 400 shelters for Ukrainian refugees. The Russian government assigned 240 million rubles for refugee needs, and the Federal Agency for State Reserves (Rosrezerv) allotted more than 200 tonnes of food, prime necessities and drugs.
Russian border regions are spending their own money and other resources on the refugees and some of their expenditures will be compensated from the government's reserve fund, Puchkov said.
All rights reserved by Rossiyskaya Gazeta.