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The United Nations said Monday 34,000 Ukrainians have been forced to leave their homes as a violent pro-Russian insurgency rages in the east of the country, BBC-Ukraine reports.

The UN said it had identified 19,000 displaced people in Ukraine, while estimates from local authorities indicated another 15,000 had been forced from their homes in areas it does not monitor.

There are "credible reports of movements inside Donetsk and Lugansk provinces... including an estimated 15,000 people from Slavyansk," - UN humanitarian affairs chief Valerie Amos said.

To recall, in May UN announced 10,000 people lost their homes, most of them Crimean Tatars, who left Crimean peninsula after its annexation.

Now, Donetsk and Lugansk in eastern Ukraine are at the epicentre of a pro-Russia insurgency that began in March and triggered a military operation that has killed more than 300 people.

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