A Russian national, the passenger of civilian flight from Belarus asked workers of the State Border Guard of Ukraine to provide her with refugee status. The woman who landed at Zhuliany airport told them she suffered persecution in Russia. The Border Guard's press office reported that on October 9.
The woman told the Border Guards that she had proof of involvement of Russian officials in the raid on an enterprise where she had worked. She tried to appeal her illegal dismissal, and then threats followed; the unknown people threatened her family. She decided to flee the country.
The Border Guards explained the lady the order of getting the refugee status.
Currently, there are 2,400 people searching for sanctuary in Ukraine (and that's the official data). The UN argues that the actual number is about 6,500 people. However, the maximum percentage of those who get the refugee status does not exceed 12-15 percent. Many of those who had their appeals declined go to court and, thus, stay in "semi-legal" conditions for more than five years.