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Mandatory evacuation looms in northern Kharkiv Oblast over Russian shelling

The persistent shelling, now hitting previously spared populated areas, has led authorities to consider expanding the mandatory evacuation zone.
Mandatory evacuation looms in northern Kharkiv Oblast over Russian shelling
The aftermath after Russian shelling of Kharkiv Oblast. Photo: Serhiy Bolvinov via Facebook
Mandatory evacuation looms in northern Kharkiv Oblast over Russian shelling

The authorities are considering ordering a mandatory evacuation from the northern parts of Kharkiv Oblast, which face relentless daily Russian shelling, said Oleh Syniehubov, head of the Kharkiv Regional Military Administration.

In recent weeks, the Russians have intensified the bombardment of Kharkiv and the Kharkiv region. In particular, they have begun using guided air bombs. To protect the city, Ukraine is asking its partners for additional air defense systems.

“We are currently considering the issue of forced evacuation from the northern parts of the Kharkiv region, specifically the Kharkiv and Bohodukhiv districts. We will likely make a decision even for those settlements located further from the Russian border but still under fire. This is because the Russians have begun targeting populated areas that were not hit even a month ago,” said Syniehubov.

He also stated that just recently, the mandatory evacuation from 18 settlements in the Kupiansk direction in the Kharkiv region was completed. Currently, a mandatory evacuation has been announced from 47 more settlements in four communities in that area.

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