All children to be mandatorily evacuated from Slovyansk, near front line

2 April, 01:12 PM
Consequences of a rocket attack on Slovyansk on March 27 (Photo:REUTERS/Violeta Santos Moura)

Consequences of a rocket attack on Slovyansk on March 27 (Photo:REUTERS/Violeta Santos Moura)

Children in the Donetsk Oblast city of Slovyansk will be required to evacuate, the city's children service head, Olena Sokolova, said on April 1.

Children and their parents or guardians will be urgently evacuated according to a decision by the commission for the protection of children's rights.

If guardians refuse to evacuate their children, they will be deprived of their custody, and the children will be forcibly evacuated.

"The mandatory evacuation was approved in Donetsk Oblast by a resolution of the Ukrainian government on Aug. 2, 2022,” Ukraine’s Suspilne news outlet quoted Sokolova as saying.

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“Guardians are obliged to evacuate with their children from Donetsk Oblast to safer regions of Ukraine. It is the parents or guardians’ responsibility to ensure the safety of the child.”

Russian occupation troops launched an attack on Slovyansk with S-300 missiles on the morning of March 27. Two people were killed and at least 29 were injured in the attack.

Administration and office buildings were damaged, as well as five residential buildings and seven houses.

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