Warsaw - An official says that almost 100 Ukrainian refugees from Crimea have asked for asylum in Poland this month and have been taken to refugee centers pending a decision.
Elzbieta Pikor, spokesperson for the Border Guards in Przemysl, eastern Poland, said on Friday the refugees have been arriving since Russian troops took control of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula three weeks ago.
The largest group arrived on Thursday night and includes 17 children aged between 5 months and 18 years.
They said they were threatened at home by Crimean authorities for having supported Ukraine's military.
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday sealed Crimea's annexation by signing documents making it part of Russia.
Poland's immigration authorities have six months to decide on the asylum requests.