Ukraine’s Reintegration Ministry calls on residents of Kherson Oblast to evacuate
Iryna Vereshchuk (Photo:www.president.gov.ua)
Residents of Kherson Oblast, especially women with children, should evacuate the Russian-occupied area, Ukrainian news agency Ukrinform quoted Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Reintegration of Temporarily Occupied Territories Iryna Vereshchuk as saying on Aug. 14.
“Evacuate. A hard winter is coming,” she said.
“We need to help you, to save you from the cold and the enemy.”
According to Vereshchuk, if there is no possibility to evacuate, people should contact representatives of the regional military administration.
Currently, about 50% of the population has left Kherson Oblast.
Earlier, the Ukrainian government decided to order a mandatory evacuation of the government-controlled areas of Donetsk Oblast due to constant Russian shelling and the impossibility of ensuring heating in the region during the cold season.
Despite the evacuation being mandatory, the government cannot force residents to leave against their will. Donbas residents who refuse the evacuation order are required to sign a consent form confirming their understanding of the consequences of war.
The Cabinet of Ministers on July 29 created a coordination headquarters to manage resettlement for evacuated residents.
Almost 4,000 people, including 777 children, were evacuated from Donetsk Oblast during the first 10 days of the mandatory evacuation.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has called on all residents of Donetsk Oblast to evacuate to other regions.
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