Only 906 people able to leave occupied areas in one week, Melitopol mayor says

6 November 2022, 08:21 PM
Evacuation (Photo:Police of Dnipropetrovsk Oblast)

Evacuation (Photo:Police of Dnipropetrovsk Oblast)

The Russian invaders allowed only 906 people within one week to leave the temporarily occupied territories of Zaporizhzhya, Kherson, Luhansk and Donetsk oblasts into the territory controlled by Ukraine, the Mayor of Melitopol, Ivan Fedorov, wrote on Telegram on Nov. 6.

“Every day, residents of the captured territories of Zaporizhzhya, Kherson, Luhansk and Donetsk oblasts try to escape the occupation to the territory controlled by Ukraine. In one week, the Rashists (Russian fascists) released a total of 906 people from the occupied parts of four regions to Zaporizhzhya. Thousands more are waiting for their turn,” Fedorov said.

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The invaders notably force local residents to have passes issued at the so-called commandant’s offices of the occupied settlements in order to travel to Zaporizhzhya. Since a large number of people want to evacuate, the waiting period for a pass sometimes takes up to a month.

In Melitopol, the list is filled up until mid-December, the mayor said.

Fedorov also noted that there are currently two alternative evacuation routes – towards Georgia and European countries via the Berdyansk - Mariupol - Novoazovsk route or through the temporarily occupied Crimea.

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