Saturday, December 16, 2017

Ukrainian refugees receive housing, assistance in Russia's Chelyabinsk region

Refugees from Ukraine have received housing and other provisions of assistance in Russia's Chelyabinsk region, which is now home to more than 2,500 refugees.

The region's Acting Governor Boris Dubrovsky has established a headquarters in his region to coordinate the delivery of assistance to Ukrainian refugees fleeing the war in Crimea, Pravda reports.

Dubrovsky said the effort will require cooperation from numerous labor collectives, organizations, volunteers, charities, business representatives and community organizations.

"I'm probably a general feeling that support our brothers in such a situation--our sacred task," Dubrovsky said, according to Pravda. "We create a regional headquarters, which I personally will head. Headquarters should have full information on health and social institutions that are willing to accept people as they are will be placed there, what assistance will be provided to people."

The South Urals now has two temporary accommodation stations to assist displaced residents wishing to leave the war zones in Ukraine. They are assisted and provided for by the regional governments, as well as municipal authorities from the cities of Chelyabinsk and Troitsk.

"Refugees should not be left in the border areas, or where they reside, or where they want," Viktoria Ledeneva, the director of public service and administration at the Center for the Study of International Migration Policy, said, Pravda reports. "If they have relatives, this one question, and if they remain in droves in the Belgorod and Rostov regions, in Stavropol Territory, they certainly need to redirect it to more distant regions, like the Chelyabinsk region. If the South Urals create[s] a good environment, it's good. I think I need to go and further flows to direct, as currently, but also reallocate accordance with the interests of the country we have."