Self-proclamed Donetsk People's Republic policemen watch refugees fleeing Shakhtarsk, Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine on Monday, July 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)
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About 730,000 Ukrainians have left the country for Russia this year, the European head of the United Nations agency for refugees said Tuesday, citing data compiled by Russia.The figure suggests this year's exodus from Ukraine is bigger than previously thought.The UNHCR did not break down its headline figure by ethnic group, though Cochetel said a "wind of panic" was driving civilians away as the Ukrainian army closes in on major eastern cities held by separatist forces.Russia's Migration Service recently said it had this year received applications from around 160,000 Ukrainian citizens.
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