10,000 people forced from homes in Ukraine

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UNHCR Spokesperson Adrian Edwards [Photo adapted from UNIFEED]

The UN refugee agency says there are now about ten thousand internally displaced people in Ukraine.

Unrest has been building in the country with clashes between separatists and security forces leaving many dead.

UNHCR Spokesman Adrian Edwards says international agencies and local authorities are helping with legal assistance, integration grants, cash and improved shelters.

Edwards says displacement numbers have been rising gradually since the March referendum on the Crimea region becoming part of Russia.

” Some report having received personal threats over the phone, via social media, or finding threatening messages left on their property. People cite fear of persecution because of ethnicity or religious beliefs, or in the case of journalists, human rights activists and among intellectuals, due to their activities or professions. Others say they could no longer keep their businesses open.”

The displaced are mainly ethnic Tartars, with a recent increase in Ukrainians, Russians and mixed families.

Yvette Morris, United Nations, Geneva.

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