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Mandatory evacuation ordered for Kharkiv Oblast towns bordering Russia

The region has been hit daily by Russian strikes.
16-year-old Yaroslav from Kharkiv Oblast lost his foot due to a Russian mine. Photo: State Emergency Service of Ukraine via Telegram
Mandatory evacuation ordered for Kharkiv Oblast towns bordering Russia

Mandatory evacuation of families with children was announced in 47 settlements of Kharkiv Oblast bordering Russia, said regional military administration head Oleh Syniehubov.

The region has been hit daily by Russian strikes, with the Kharkiv city mayor reporting the Kharkiv’s energy infrastructure has been “practically destroyed.”

“A decision was made to forcibly evacuate 182 children with their families from three districts: Bohodukhiv, Kharkiv, and Izium. There are 47 settlements from which we must forcibly evacuate children,” Syniehubov said on Telegram.

He emphasized that the mandatory evacuation does not apply to the city of Kharkiv. 

The government will organize transport and accommodation in safer regions for those evacuated.

In the spring of 2024, media reports began to emerge that Russia may attempt an offensive on Kharkiv. Ukrainian officials dismiss these reports as Kremlin’s info warfare aimed at intimidating and demoralizing Ukrainians.

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