Ukrainians urged to evacuate before coming counteroffensive

5 April, 12:20 AM
Iryna Vereshchuk (

Iryna Vereshchuk (

Civilians in Russia-occupied territories should consider traveling abroad to avoid risks associated with the upcoming Ukrainian counteroffensive, Ukraine’s Reintegration Minister Iryna Vereshchuk said in a Telegram post on April 4.

“I advise Ukrainians in TOT (Temporarily Occupied Territories) to either temporarily leave for third countries or prepare: you know what to do,” said Vereshchuk.

“The most important thing is to take care of yourself and your children.”

According to her, Russian occupation “authorities” are also preparing to leave before the anticipated Ukrainian advance.

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“(Russian) occupation officials still have some time to get out of there; some of them are already packing,” the minister added.

On Feb. 28, Ukrainian Military Intelligence chief Kyrylo Budanov said the next three months in Russia’s full-scale war against Ukraine would be “very active” and will determine the course of events in the war.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said that Russian troops still have time to withdraw from Ukraine – or be destroyed otherwise.

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