Ukraine started mandatory evacuation in the Donetsk region, a place of fierce hostilities with Russia

The head of the Donetsk regional military administration, Pavlo Kyrylenko, announced the details of the mandatory evacuation from Donetsk region.

He wrote about it on his Facebook.

“The free evacuation of civilians from the Donetsk region to Kirovohradsk has begun. Every even-numbered day, an evacuation train will leave from Pokrovsk to Kropyvnytskyi with a stop in Oleksandria. The departure time is 4:30 p.m.,” Kyrylenko said.

“The first such evacuation train already left yesterday, August 1. With them, 136 people left Donetsk region, including 44 people with reduced mobility,” Kyrylenko recalled.

The first trainload of evacuees from war-torn Donetsk region in Ukraine’s eastern Donbas region arrived in Kropyvnytsky, in Kirovohrad region in the south-central part of the country, on Aug. 2.

The head of the Kirovohrad Regional Military Administration, Andriy Raikovych, commented the details of the arrival of the first evacuees:

“Kirovohrad region met an evacuation train from Donetsk region,” he said. “All services were prepared properly. People fled from shelling, (they have) suffered a lot. Even a kind word is important for them now. We will help everyone, give them a roof over their heads, feed them, and shelter them.”

Earlier, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky called on all residents of the Donetsk region to evacuate to other regions of the country.

Today, 200,000-220,000 people are estimated to remain in the region, of whom 52,000 are children.

Residents can refuse evacuation. To do so they have to confirm in writing that they understand and are aware of all the consequences of their refusal, and bear personal responsibility for their own lives.

Ukraine’s Cabinet of Ministers on July 29 created a coordination headquarters that will deal with the evacuation from Donetsk region.

The first train with evacuees arrived in Kropyvnytskyi today. The head of the Kirovohrad Regional Military Administration, Andriy Raikovych, mentioned this in his comment.

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