Popasna not yet fully under Russian control, civilians ‘can still evacuate’

7 May, 02:42 PM
At that time, about 1,500 civilians remained in Popasna, and about 3,000 in the community (Photo:REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino)

At that time, about 1,500 civilians remained in Popasna, and about 3,000 in the community (Photo:REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino)

Popasna, in Luhansk Oblast, is only partiallycaptured and occupied by advancing Russian troops, meaning that locals can still safely evacuate from the town, head of Popasna’s administration Mykola Khanatov said on May 7.

“Popasna is not yet fully occupied, our civilians can still leave Popasna,” said Khanatov.

“Our troops meet them, providing with food and water, enabling them to reach safety; they can then be met by our forces at Donetsk Oblast’s border.”

According to Khanatov, nearly 1,500 civilians remain in Popasna – almost half of the town’s population. It is mostly people with limited mobility and their relatives who are still in Popasna.

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“It’s nearly impossible to drive out of Popasna; people have to leave on foot – they will be then met at the border with Donetsk Oblast; we’ve already done that several times,” Khanatov added.

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