More than half a million refugees flee from Donbass and Ukraine to Russia

Moscow, SANA- Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations stated that the number of refugees from Donbass and Ukraine to Russia has exceeded half a million people.

“Since the beginning of the escalation of the military conflict, 529,347 people have already crossed the border into Russia, including 107,065 children,” the Ministry was quoted by RIA Novosti news agency as saying a statement on Thursday.

A large-scale evacuation of the civilian population from the Donetsk and Lugansk republics began after the special military operation in Ukraine was announced by Russia in mid-February with the aim of protecting civilians in Donbass from the practices of extremists and Nazis in Ukraine.

Nisreen Othman/ Ruaa al-Jazaeri

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