UN Refugee Agency says 80,000 flee eastern Ukraine

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has reported the ongoing exodus from the Luhansk and Donetsk regions.

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has reported the ongoing exodus from the Luhansk and Donetsk regions.

There has been a surge in numbers of displaced persons from eastern Ukraine, from 2,600 on June 6 to 80,300 on July 18, 2014, says a UNHCR report seen by Interfax.

The agency said the United Nations was rendering humanitarian aid to the people returning to Slovyansk.

Reportedly, over half of the city residents have left their homes since the beginning of the conflict. About 15,000 have returned to Slovyansk since July 5, it said.

Humanitarian aid is primarily given to the families whose homes or apartments were damaged or razed in the hostilities, the UNHCR report said.

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