The authorities began an urgent evacuation of civilians from the self-proclaimed Republic to the territory of the Russian Federation. This was stated by the Head of the DPR Denis Pushilin. A similar statement was also made by the head of the unrecognized LPR, Leonid Pasechnik.
Head of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic Denis Pushilin made an emergency announcement that due to the beginning of large-scale clashes in the Donbass, a mass evacuation of the civilian population to the territory of Russia has begun in the Donetsk People’s Republic. According to Pushilin, this is also due to the start of the offensive of the Armed Forces of Ukraine expected within the next few days.
“From today, February 18, a mass centralized departure of the population to the Russian Federation has been organized. First of all, women, children and the elderly are subject to evacuation. We kindly ask you to listen and make the right decision. Temporary departure will save the life and health of you and your loved ones. By agreement with the leadership of the Russian Federation, places for the reception and accommodation of our citizens are ready in the Rostov Region. The evacuees will be provided with everything necessary. All conditions have been created for a quick transition at checkpoints,” Denis Pushilin said in an emergency appeal to the citizens of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic.
Civilians will be massively evacuated from the self-proclaimed Luhansk People’s Republic. About it declared Head of the LPR Leonid Pasechnik.
“I instruct the heads of the territories, law enforcement agencies, emergency services to ensure an organized evacuation of social facilities and help the population in delivering them to border checkpoints,” said Pasechnik . Residents are being evacuated to Russia, the head of the LPR added.
Pasechnik also separately addressed “to all men capable of holding weapons in their hands” with a request to “stand up for the defense of their land.”
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