Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky announces evacuation of Donetsk region

Volodymyr Zelensky

UKrinian President Volodymyr Zelensky (File image)

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Kyiv: Ukraine‘s President Volodymyr Zelensky on Saturday urged civilians to evacuate the Donetsk region. A fierce battle is going on between Russian and Ukrainian troops. Ukraine has also called on the Red Cross and the United Nations to gain access to its soldiers that were captured by Russian soldiers, reported AFP.
Notably, “There’s already a governmental decision about obligatory evacuation from Donetsk,” Zelensky said as quoted by AFP. Notably, the Donbas region in eastern Ukraine, comprising separatist republics of Donetsk and Lugansk, is under continuous assault by Moscow troops since they invaded Ukraine on February 24.
The Ukrainian President assured all possible help to the people who will leave the region. Zelensky also urged the international community, especially the United States to declare Russia a “state sponsor of terrorism”. Zelensky’s remarks came a day after the bombing of Olenivka prison in Donetsk.
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Many of the Ukrainian soldiers, who surrendered at the Azovstal plant in Mariupol, were kept in the prison. Over 50 people were reportedly killed in the shelling. Several others were also wounded in the attack. Barracks were destroyed. Both Russia and Ukraine blamed each other for the shelling. On Thursday, Russian missiles struck military facilities and residential buildings in Kyrovograd of Central Ukraine. Five people were killed in the attack, while 25 others were wounded.

The war has now centred in the Donbas regions. Earlier in the month, Moscow claimed to have taken full control of the separatist republic of Lugansk. Russian troops are now eying to capture the entire Donetsk to consolidate their position in the Donbas region.