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24 May 2018 description
infographic World Food Programme

The Ukraine conflict has led to a sharp deterioration in Russia's relations with the West since 2014. In response to the conflict, the US and the EU have imposed sanctions on Russian officials, as well as on the Russian financial, energy and defence sectors; firms in these sectors cannot raise debt on US or EU financial markets. Russia has responded with a ban on almost all Western food imports (which has helped Russia to develop its food industry). New US sanctions were announced in March and April 2018.

24 Nov 2017 description

(Moscow, 24 November 2017): United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock today wrapped up his first official visit to the Russian Federation after meeting key Government officials including the Minister for Civil Defense, Emergency Situations and Disaster Relief Vladimir Puchkov, Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov and representatives from the Ministry of Defense in Moscow.

20 Apr 2017 description

In 2014, the ICRC started assisting refugees flowing out of the East of Ukraine into Russia due to the ongoing conflict. Many of those displaced had left behind their homes to start from scratch in new cities.

Some of these refugees settled down in the South of Russia. For the past three years, ICRC, together with local authorities and the local Russian Red Cross branches, offered assistance to those who were particularly vulnerable.


28 Apr 2016 description

The ICRC has distributed 16,000 food parcels and hygiene kits in southern Russia so far this year to people who fled the fighting in neighbouring Ukraine. We are carrying out these operations with the local authorities and the Russian Red Cross.

Many people who fled from south-eastern Ukraine in 2014 have returned home over the last year, but thousands are still far from their home towns and villages. Some are living in southern Russia, either because of the ongoing hostilities or because their homes have been destroyed.

01 Feb 2016 description
report Human Rights Watch
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The Kremlin’s crackdown on civil society, media, and the Internet took a more sinister turn in 2015 as the government further intensified harassment and persecution of independent critics. For the fourth year in a row, parliament adopted laws and authorities engaged in repressive practices that increasingly isolated the country. Against the backdrop of the armed conflict in eastern Ukraine and sanctions against Russia over Crimea, anti-Western hysteria has been at its peak since the end of the Cold War.

22 Jul 2015 description

Situation Analysis

For over a year, the situation in the south-eastern parts of Ukraine has been causing a massive flow of Ukrainian citizens into the territory of the Russian Federation. According to data from the Russian Federal Migration Service, confirmed by UNHCR, several hundred thousand Ukrainian citizens have entered Russia and stayed there since the beginning of 2014.

22 Apr 2015 description

By Helena Laatio, Finnish Red Cross

There is a steady whirring of a half a dozen of sewing machines. Women, some of them belonging to those who flew from the conflict zone in Ukraine, are sewing bed sheets meant for people with similar stories of flight from the dangers posed by the violence in their country. Most of them left their homes with nothing but the clothes they were wearing.

20 Apr 2015 description

Helena Laatio/ Finnish Red Cross

Yelena Khliyan has been working hard since June last year as the chairwoman of Rostov-on-Don regional Red Cross branch. That is when the influx of refugees fleeing the conflict in Ukraine started.

“There was a catastrophic number of people to our region to be received at the same time”, says the chairwoman about the tens of thousands of refugees which were pouring in at one point in Rostov-on-Don, adding up to 60.000.

16 Apr 2015 description

Helena Laatio/ Finnish Red Cross

There is a steady whirring of a half a dozen of sewing machines. Women, some of them refugees from Ukraine, are sewing bed sheets meant for other refugees from their country. Most of them have fled from their homes in the middle of the war with nothing but the clothes they were wearing in the day of their escape.

31 Oct 2014 description

KRASNY DESANT, Russian Federation, October 31 (UNHCR) – Lidia resents the presence of camera crews outside her house, saying she only did what anyone else would have done in her position, and the figures bear her out.

The widow, like hundreds of other people living in and around the Russian city of Rostov, took in families displaced by the fighting in eastern Ukraine, which is still simmering despite a ceasefire and autonomy pledge in September. Lidia opened her home in Krasny Desant to eight people from two families.

07 Oct 2014 description

By Olesya Astakhova

BELGOROD, Russia, Oct 7 (Reuters) - After three days trapped in a cellar by shelling, Svetlana and Sergei Divenko left their home in eastern Ukraine and fled to Russia with their two children and a single bag.

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27 Aug 2014 description
report Caritas

In western Russia, diocesan Caritas members are helping mothers and children who have fled Ukraine. Caritas South of Russia (Diocese of Saratov) is now appealing for €90,000 to respond to the influx of refugees.

Thousands of people escaped fighting in the Ukrainian regions of Donetsk and Lugansk and have found shelter in the Rostov region of Russia. Caritas will give families food parcels (including special nutrition packs for children), hygiene materials and bedding.

22 Aug 2014 description

ST. PETERSBURG, Russian Federation, August 21 (UNHCR) – Before Ukraine's secession crisis erupted in February, the Federal Migration Service office in St. Petersburg handled 120 asylum applications a year, mainly from Asians and Africans.

Today, Ukrainians are arriving in the Russian city at a rate of 300 a day, according to the regional branch here of the Russian Red Cross, which has been working hard to provide assistance and help find shelter for those who need it.

13 Aug 2014 description

A Russian Emergencies Ministry’s Il-76 plane with 11 Ukrainian citizens aboard took off today at 2:38 PM from the airport in Simferopol to Ulyanovsk. During the flight they are going to be accompanied by Emergencies Ministry employees.

On their arrival the refugees will be welcomed and then transported to temporary shelters by motor vehicles. There the Ukrainians will get help with domestic issues, medical and psychological assistance and all necessary information.

11 Aug 2014 description

VLADIKAVKAZ, Russian Federation, August 11 (UNHCR) – Sergey* has made up his mind: he wants to move with his wife and baby son to a new job and life in Siberia rather than return to their home in eastern Ukraine when the conflict ends.

10 Aug 2014 description

In view of the situation evolving now in the south-eastern regions of Ukraine and the arrival of affected citizens in the Russian Federation, work is underway to meet the refugees, provide them with accommodation and comprehensive support.

622 temporary shelters are deployed in Russia; they are accommodating over 48.5 thousand people, including over 16 thousand children. The forced migrants are receiving food, medical and psychological, and information support, other issues are being solved.

07 Aug 2014 description

Due to the situation in southeastern Ukraine people from there arrive in the Russian Federation, where they are met, provided with accommodation and necessary help.

As of today there are 643 temporary shelters deployed in the Russian Federation and housing over 47.5 thousand people, including 16 thousand children. All the shelters provide food, medical and psychological assistance, information support and other services.

To help the refugees there are hot lines that have already received 5,706 calls.

04 Aug 2014 description

A Russian Emergencies Ministry plane with 123 Ukrainians aboard took off today from the city of Simferopol. There are 42 children under 12, including 4 babies.

The Il-76 of the Emergencies Ministry is heading for the Domodedovo airport, from which the passengers will be transported by motor vehicles to the city of Ryazan. All the refugees will be met by the employees of the Russian Emergencies Ministry and will be accompanied to temporary shelters, where everything is ready for them.