Ukraine evacuates 22,000 people from liberated areas

3 November 2022, 12:49 AM
Evacuation from Donetsk region (Photo:EMERGENCY SERVICES)

Evacuation from Donetsk region (Photo:EMERGENCY SERVICES)

At least 22,000 people were evacuated from recently-liberated territory in eastern and southern Ukraine, Reintegration Minister Iryna Vereshchuk told Ukrainian TV broadcasters on Nov. 2.

“We helped to evacuate 22,000 people,” Vereshchuk said.

“Some people are coming back to liberated territory, while others – women with children, people with limited mobility, elderly folk – are being evacuated.”

According to her, people are often afraid to evacuate because they don’t know where they are going to live and may not have the means to sustain themselves elsewhere. At the same time, Vereshchuk said that the Kharkiv Regional Administration is providing evacuation from liberated territories to Kharkiv City, as there is a place in college dorms to accommodate people. She also added that at least three oblasts are ready to evacuating receive.

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"For example, our Ternopil Oblast is ready to receive people who evacuate by train,” the minister said.

“Lviv Oblast, as well as Poltava Oblast – all are ready to accommodate people and help them get through the winter."

She added that “stabilization measures” are underway in liberated territories of Kherson and Kharkiv oblasts, as well as in Donbas – minesweeping, humanitarian and medical assistance, and power supply is being restored. Some settlements are still under sporadic Russian shelling, making these efforts more difficult.

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