Fearing relocation to the Far East, Donbas refugees in Russia hurry to return to Ukraine

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2014/09/21 • News

Refugees who fled from Eastern Ukraine to Russia are returning home as the Kremlin prepares to ship them to the Far East.

In an interview with Russian media, some Ukrainians explained that conditions granted by local authorities were unbearable. They were lodged in villages far from civilization, in buildings unfit for everyday existence, with leaking roofs, wet walls and outdoor toilets. There was practically no work available.

One woman was promised employment as a technologist, but had to work as a milkmaid. The woman had no skills for this job, and was paid half the promised wage. She has no money to return to Ukraine, and the government refuses to help. She says that Moscow has already spent a lot of money to transport all of them to Primorye, some 9,000 km from Moscow.

The administrative center of this region is the city of Vladivostok. Frightened of the minus-forty-degree winter looming around the corner, these people now have to look elsewhere for money to return home. In addition, Ukrainian refugees have problems with their documents; many of them have yet to get their passports back from the Russian authorities.

Translated by: Christine Chraibi
Source: Channel 5

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  • Gediminas Paulauskas

    Same old tactic as Stalin used – deport them. Granted, they are flown by planes instead of cattle wagons, but land even further – not Siberia but the Far East.

    • Milton Devonair

      russia has always been a disease, a terminal, parasitic disease upon humankind.
      russia is ebola.

  • Michel Cloarec

    What could they expect from ?

  • pieta

    Colonisation 2.0: “Russian edition”

  • Brent

    Hope they now understand what life under Russian rule is like. You are not a human being with rights, but you are a pawn to be used by Putin as he sees fit.

    • Jacks Channel

      That is true. The bastard Putin strikes again. What a heartless piece of garbage. He says he cares, but what a liar.

    • Woloh

      Problem is, they gonna blame you – the Ukrainians – anyway. It’d be better if they went to Siberia….

  • Stephanie Dowbusz

    why did they flee to Russia in the first place? To the enemy! They should have fleed to other parts of Ukraine. Sorry, but it serves them right

    • Milton Devonair

      how apes like russians do it is they leave the only avenue of escape for the civilians they don’t rape/kidnap/murder is in a direction they want them to go…behind putin’s iron curtain. So they send themselves to be held as hostages, or sent elsewhere to disrupt the ethnic balance there in the favor of moskow.

      russia has always been a disease upon humans.
      russia is ebola

  • Jacks Channel

    I felt these peoples pain. I would help them if I could, but I can’t.

    If your a Russian living in Russia, I suggest you get rid of Putin at your next election. That is, if you can. You have a selfish dictator for a leader Russians. I feel sorry for you.

    • Alex Ku

      LOL, an honest election in Russia? Are you serious?

    • LorCanada

      A number of the intelligentsia are dismayed how Putin is wrongly influencing people’s mind. See this:

      russian-journalists-intend-to-de-mask-kremlin-propaganda-together-with-the-ukrainian-media/

      “The country is falling into a totalitarian regime before our eyes. The leading role in this process belongs to mass media which are waging a massive information war against the citizens of its own country, forming in their consciousness the image of internal and external enemies, creating mass illusions regarding the possibility of returning to empire. It is impossible to stop this pall using only the efforts of journalists. But without the efforts of professional journalists our country cannot be moved away from the brink of catastrophe,” says the statement.