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Fearing relocation to the Far East, Donbas refugees in Russia hurry to return to Ukraine

Fearing relocation to the Far East, Donbas refugees in Russia hurry to return to Ukraine
Translated by: Christine Chraibi

Refugees who fled from Eastern Ukraine to Russia are returning home as the Kremlin prepares to ship them to the Far East.

In an interview with Russian media, some Ukrainians explained that conditions granted by local authorities were unbearable. They were lodged in villages far from civilization, in buildings unfit for everyday existence, with leaking roofs, wet walls and outdoor toilets. There was practically no work available.

One woman was promised employment as a technologist, but had to work as a milkmaid. The woman had no skills for this job, and was paid half the promised wage. She has no money to return to Ukraine, and the government refuses to help. She says that Moscow has already spent a lot of money to transport all of them to Primorye, some 9,000 km from Moscow.

The administrative center of this region is the city of Vladivostok. Frightened of the minus-forty-degree winter looming around the corner, these people now have to look elsewhere for money to return home. In addition, Ukrainian refugees have problems with their documents; many of them have yet to get their passports back from the Russian authorities.

Translated by: Christine Chraibi
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