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UNHCR highlights Russian actions to assist Ukrainian refugees

Moscow, Jun 24 (Prensa Latina) The acting head of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Karim Atassi, said today that Russia is dealing adequately and at a high level with evacuees coming from Ukraine.

This Friday, at a meeting in Moscow of the expert council under the Commissioner for Human Rights in Russia, the senior UN official noted that so far the country received more than 1.5 million people from the neighboring nation.

“Of course, accepting such a large number of refugees is a huge test for any state. I would like to note that the Russian Federation is coping with this task very worthily and at a high level,” he noted.

The UNHCR representative explained that he was able to visit several Temporary Accommodation Centers (CALs), including some in the border area, where he could see how refugees and asylum seekers are received and accommodated.

According to Russian emergency services, 1,934,000 refugees from Ukraine and the rebel region of Donbass arrived in Russia until June 20 since mid-February and of that number more than 307,000 are minors, the source told Sputnik news agency.

For its part, the UNHCR reports on its website that more than 7.7 million people left Ukraine due to military clashes in the country.