As a result of Russia’s occupation of Ukrainian territories, Ukrainian citizens are continuing to move to mainland of Ukraine from the occupied territories, Crimea and Donbas.
Ukrainian citizens living in the occupied territories face severe human rights violations and those who oppose the Russian occupation are subjecting oppression by de-facto authorities.
As of the beginning of the year, almost 1.5 million internally displaced persons (IDPs) from occupied territories registered in Ukraine.
“According to the Unified Information Database on Internally Displaced Persons, 1.459,170 internally displaced persons from the temporarily occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions and the Autonomous Republic of Crimea have been registered as of January 4, 2021,” the Ministry of Social Policy of Ukraine informs.
Since 2014, the Russian occupation has forced millions to flee their homes in Crimea and eastern Ukraine. This has created a vast population of internally displaced persons (IDPs) within Ukraine. Largely unseen by the outside world, the members of this vast IDP community have had to rebuild their lives elsewhere in Ukraine, often with little more than the personal possessions they were able to carry with them.