Russian invasion caused IDP situation in Ukraine ‘worse than after Chernobyl’

A few of the 1.5 million of Ukrainian internally-displaced persons (IDPs) seeking refuge from the Russian invasion (Image: nr2.com.ua)

A few of the 1.5 million of Ukrainian internally-displaced persons (IDPs) seeking refuge from the Russian invasion (Image: nr2.com.ua) 

2015/09/15 • Analysis & Opinion, War in the Donbas

Pavel Rozenko, Ukraine’s social policy minister, says that the number of internally-displaced Ukrainians as a result of Russian aggression in Crimea and the Donbas has reached 1,483,000 – or roughly three percent of Ukraine’s population and a figure many times worse than the number of IDPs as a result of the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster.

While Ukrainian refugees in the Russian Federation have attracted much international attention thanks to the efforts of the Moscow media, Ukrainian IDPs have not. Indeed, they are among the forgotten victims of this conflict.

But both the human tragedies of Ukrainians forced to flee from their homes as a result of Russian aggression and the cost of coping with their flight – Kyiv has already spent $100 million US dollars to help – should not be forgotten, especially at a time when some are celebrating the current lull in the fighting as a turn toward peace.

Edited by: A. N.

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  • what’s what

    oh, yes – the VERY BEST part of this catastrophe is that the kremlin butchers are demanding repayment of a $3B LOAN they supposedly made to Ukraine during Yanukovich’s rule, instead of dangling the as**))%$! from his ankles to make the BILLIONS in stolen Ukrainian assets fall out and returning them to the people of Ukraine, extraditing the murderer to Ukraine, and paying the BILLIONS of $$$ they owe to Ukraine, AND the assinine western leaders are pressuring Ukraine to go along with THIS lunacy, too!

  • Being

    You Need to come to EU in millions, Dear Ukraine peple. Look How EU Leaders welcome other “refugees” What a handy help everywhere All For Free. No Limits in oversteping EU laws. Via Balcan way and call yourself Syrians, they will help you as never before.
    Soon they will be giving houses, cars everything you imagine, so do not hasitate.

    You will not need to work, get in touch with a lovely non-profit organisation and they will do all the work for you, give you advices, maps, lawyers etc.