(QHA) -

According to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), 38,000 residents of the eastern regions of Ukraine and Crimea have left those regions since the beginning of the conflict in Ukraine, Interfax reports.

The UNHCR press service reported on Friday that over 38,000 displaced persons from the eastern regions of Ukraine and Crimea left the regions as of June 18, 2014.

According to the report, most of the internally displaced persons are children, women, and old people. The UNHCR reported that these categories of people need special attention from public bodies and civil society.

According to the UNHCR, 2,500 refugees are now living in Ukraine and another some 6,000-7,000 people are looking for shelter.