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.
Currently, over 45 regions of Russia are receiving refugees from Ukraine. The largest concentration of displaced persons, around 40,000 people, is observed in the Rostov region which has the most extended border with Ukraine, about 660 km long. The respective numbers of displaced persons in the 12 most exposed regions of Russia are shown in the following table.
The majority of displaced people are staying with host families or in the homes of their relatives. Around 32,000 displaced people are accommodated in temporary shelters operated by the local authorities and the Federal Ministry of Emergency Situations (EMERCOM). By 15 November 2014, the Russian authorities had opened 800 temporary shelters in 50 regions of Russia. In the Rostov region, 44 temporary shelters have absorbed about 3,500 displaced people.