UN: Ukraine ranks 9th highest number of IDPs

16:20, 28 November 2017
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Neal Walker, the United Nations Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Ukraine, has said Ukraine is home to the ninth largest number of internally displaced persons (IDPs), according to an UNIAN correspondent.

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Speaking at a press conference in Kyiv on Tuesday, he said that 1.6 million internally displaced persons were registered in Ukraine. Thus, Ukraine is ninth in terms of the number of internally displaced persons.

According to him, approximately 800,000 IDPs permanently reside in government-controlled territories, excluding those IDPs who constantly cross the contact line back and forth.

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Walker says that this partly explains why almost 1 million Ukrainians cross the contact line every month.

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