The UN Refugee Agency published a report on global trends of forced displacement in 2014 with new statistics on refugees throughout the world. As of late 2014, 59.5 million people were forced to move because of various threats. This is the biggest figure since World War II.
The report emphasised that Russia has the biggest number of individual applications for receiving refugee status or temporary shelter, at 274,000. Indicatively, about 99 percent of these were submitted by Ukrainian citizens who had to take refuge in Russia for fear of depredations by Ukrainian security forces. According to the report, about 823,000 people in Ukraine are domestically displaced because of the ongoing conflict in the southeast of the country.
These objective figures graphically reflect the acute nature of the crisis in the southeast of Ukraine, the grievous humanitarian consequences of Kiev’s military operation against civilians in Donbass and the lack of alternative to a political settlement of the conflict on the basis of the Minsk agreements.
June 19, 2015