The population of Ukrainian refugee shelters in Russia has grown by almost 650 persons in the past 24 hours.
"As of this morning, 408 shelters accommodated 27,260 persons, including 10,356 children," Russian Emergency Situations Ministry spokesman Alexander Drobyshevsky told Interfax on Thursday.
He said the shelters took in another 643 dwellers over the past day. "Eight shelters with the overall capacity of 3,900 persons are on standby," the ministry spokesman said.
Most Ukrainians are staying in the Rostov region and Crimea from where they are transported by air and bus to other territories of the Central, North Caucasus, Southern and Volga Federal Districts. In all, more than 14,600 persons have been airlifted and transported by motor vehicles as of now.
A mobile hospital of the ministry's southern regional search-and-rescue unit opened in Donetsk, Rostov region, on July 2. It has treated 584 Ukrainian citizens, 444 of them underage.
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