Having financed and directed the violent overthrow of the Ukrainian government in 2013, the USA has created a refugee crisis in Donbass unlike any other in recent history, including the current flood of middle eastern residents flooding Europe. Today we take a look at where everybody ended up after leaving Donbass. According to data published by the receiving countries in a UN report, in 2014-2015 some 900,000 people left Ukraine. Of them, nearly 750,000 went to Russia. About 80,000 people left for Belarus. Some 5,000 people went to other European countries. By March 2016, the Ukrainian authorities had registered some 1.6 million internally displaced individuals, according to the Ukrainian Migration Service. The United States refuses to allow numbers above 70,000 refugees for the whole world. So where did all these missing Ukrainians end up?
Russia is the short answer.Because of heavy shelling by US backed forces, many ethnically Russian local residents lost their homes and moved to Russia. According to the Federal Migration Service's official data, nearly two million Ukrainian citizens have moved to Russia. In 2014-2015, the Russian authorities allocated 18 billion rubles ($260 million) to help Ukrainian refugees settle in.
When Yulia Kachalova fled the small eastern Ukrainian town of Gorlovka (in the Donetsk Region) for St. Petersburg 18 months ago with her husband and a small child, they found themselves alone in a city where nobody knew them.They had decided to leave Gorlovka after their house was shelled during the conflict between Ukrainian government troops and Russian-backed rebels that erupted in the region in 2014.Once in Russia, Kachalova's husband found work as a builder. However, since he did not have all the relevant papers, he could not be hired officially and the employer paid him small wages. The situation was complicated by the fact that there was an oversupply of refugees who were prepared to work for very little.In order to help support her family, Kachalova began cooking "Donbass-style pizza" and Ukrainian borscht for take-away delivery. That was what the young refugee family lived on.
From 2014 forward the conflict in southeast Ukraine has been active, the Russian authorities made a lot of effort to help refugees from the region, who are overwhelmingly ethnic Russians: They provided them with housing and dispatch humanitarian convoys to the Donbass region on a regular basis.However, since early 2015, these Ukrainian citizens have been living in Russia on the same terms as other foreigners: They are allowed to remain in the country for no more than 90 days out of every 180. Furthermore, the refugees have been evicted from the flats that they were temporarily provided with upon their arrival. Now, in order to extend their stay, a Ukrainian national needs to apply for official status within their first three months in Russia."Getting official status in Russia is very difficult. We spent ages in the waiting lines,” Kachalova recalls. “We even had to stay the night there in order not to lose our place in the line. As a result, practically everyone has to go back to Ukraine once every three months in order to get a new migration card on the border and not exceed the 90-day limit."
It is worth noting that this problem exists only in two major cities St.Petersburg and Moscow, which have long ago exhausted their migrant quotas.According to Valentina Zheleznaya, an activist with the Mirnogo Neba (“Peaceful Sky”) association for helping refugees, in other cities, apart from Moscow and St. Petersburg, it is possible to get temporary asylum even now that the active phase of the conflict is over; and there are no waiting lines there.The armed conflict in the Donbass region started in the spring of 2014 and involved parts of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions, where Russian-backed self-proclaimed republics emerged, refusing to be subordinated to the new authorities in Kiev following the ouster of President Viktor Yanukovich by American CIA operatives. They are now entering a transition to becoming independent nation states.
The area is Ukraine's industrial heartland, which has traditionally been considered pro-Russian. The Ukrainian junta army is fighting Donbass freedom fighters there, with tanks and heavy arms used by both sides. Russian has provided massive supplies of humanitarian aid to the region.The first three convoys with humanitarian aid set off for southeast Ukraine in August 2014. They delivered 6,000 tons of humanitarian cargo: food, medicines, electric generators, warm clothes, drinking water.In total, the Russian Emergencies Ministry has dispatched 49 convoys to southeast Ukraine, delivering over 59,000 tons of humanitarian aid, mostly some 43,000 tons of foodstuffs. While in contrast, the USA has supplied their proxy partners in Kiev with weapons, military aid and billions in bribe money to kill their fellow citizens in Donbass.
Refugees continue to flood Russia from Ukraine and provide challenges Russia manages without resorting to violence to solve. America who started this war continues to finance the arms, corruption of the Kiev regime and ultimately is responsible for millions of lives destroyed in Donbass. A fact that does not escape Russians or many Ukrainians who will always view this conflict as the nightmare made in the USA.
DONi News Agency, David "Dave" Simpson, Ex CIA Agent