Russia seeks to use seniors to clear debris across Luhansk Oblast

14 July, 11:55 AM
A building, destroyed by a Russian shelling of Luhansk Oblast (Photo:Serhiy Hayday/ Telegram)

A building, destroyed by a Russian shelling of Luhansk Oblast (Photo:Serhiy Hayday/ Telegram)

Russian occupation “authorities” are preparing a registry of senior citizens across captured towns of Luhansk Oblast, aiming to eventually compel them to help clear debris, head of Luhansk regional administration Serhiy Hayday said in a Telegram post on July 14.

“As far as we know, 220 people applied for state pensions in occupied Severodonetsk – out of 12,000 people remaining (there),” said Hayday.

“It’s unclear if Moscow will actually pay them. Meanwhile, the occupation authorities have already decreed that seniors can be used in ‘temporary public works.’ Basically, they took down people’s contacts and allowed them to clear debris.”

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At least 12 Russian air and missile strikes targeted settlements near the Donetsk-Luhansk oblasts boundary, according to the official.

“Concentrated artillery and mortar fire is unrelenting; multiple-launch rocket systems are deployed,” Hayday added.

“Russians are attempting to get to Siversk and Bakhmut (in Donetsk Oblast) through these minor towns, laying waste to everything in sight.”

Up to 20,000 people remain in Severodonetsk and Lysychansk in Luhansk Oblast.

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