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UN says 110,000 have fled to Russia from Ukraine

Published on Jun 27, 2014 9:56 PM

GENEVA (AFP) - Some 110,000 people have fled to Russia from Ukraine while more than 54,000 have been displaced inside the conflict-torn country, the UN said on Friday.

"Since the start of 2014, 110,000 Ukrainians have arrived in Russia," Ms Melissa Fleming, spokesman for the UN's refugee agency, told reporters.

She later said most had fled from the embattled eastern regions of Donetsk and Lugansk, where Ukrainian forces are battling separatists from the Russian-speaking community. But she underlined that it was not possible to say whether most or all of those fleeing to neighbouring Russia were from Ukraine's Russian-speaking population.

Claims that Russian-speakers in Ukraine are under threat have been cited regularly by the rebels and Moscow, though UN human rights probes have said there is little evidence for such fears.

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