Ukraine: Zelensky Calls for Evacuation from Donetsk Region in Face of Russian 'Terror' | War in Ukraine

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Ukraine: Zelensky calls for evacuation of Donetsk region in the face of Russian “terror” War in Ukraine

In Bakhmut, Donetsk, houses are sometimes targeted by strikes.< /p>

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Saturday evening called on the population to evacuate the Donetsk region in the east of the country, whose cities are the target of deadly bombardments, to escape the ” Russian terror” and the bombardments on this eastern region where kyiv asks the Red Cross and the UN to go to its soldiers prisoners of the Russian forces.

A government decision has been made on the mandatory evacuation of the Donetsk region, Zelensky said in a video released in the evening. Please evacuate, he demanded.

At this stage of the war, terror is Russia's main weapon, he said. it underlined.

Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk previously announced mandatory evacuation for the entire population of Donetsk, one of two administrative regions in the Donbass industrial basin where Russia is gaining ground.

< p class="e-p">She had motivated this decision, in statements on television, by the destruction of gas networks and the absence of heating next winter in the region.

< p class="e-p">Russian strikes on cities in the region cause civilian casualties almost every day.

On Friday, the bombardment of a barracks housing Ukrainian soldiers prisoners in Olenivka, in Russian-occupied territory in the Donetsk region, killed around fifty people.

A a deliberate Russian war crime, according to Mr. Zelensky.

A destroyed barracks in a prison in Olenivka, in an area controlled by Russian-backed separatist forces, in eastern Ukraine.

Ukrainian human rights official Dmytro Lubinetsk said on Saturday it had asked the Red Cross and the United Nations Human Rights Monitoring Mission, which in May oversaw the Russian-brokered surrender of factory defenders. x27;Azovstal to Mariupol, to get to Olenivka.

After long weeks of siege and resistance at the steel site, around 2,500 Ukrainian fighters had surrendered and Moscow had announced that they would be imprisoned at Olenivka.

When the Azovstal defenders left the factory, the UN and the ICRC acted as guarantors of the life and health of our soldiers, Zelensky said Friday evening, calling the UN and the Red Cross to react.

A woman stands at the bottom of a crater left by a Russian missile strike, in Kharkiv, Ukraine, July 30.< /p>

In the field of military operations, the Ukrainian authorities announced on Saturday that Russian bombardments had targeted several localities in the south and east of the country, killing at least one person in Mykolaiv (south) and one in Bakhmout (east).

In Kharkiv (north-east), the second Ukrainian city, three S-300 missiles fell on a school which caught fire, announced the town hall.

The Russian gas giant Gazprom announced on Saturday that it had suspended its gas deliveries to Latvia.

It had already drastically reduced its deliveries to Europe this week via the Nord Stream gas pipeline, officially due to the maintenance of a turbine.

Concerning the cereals blocked in Ukraine since the beginning of the war, the resumption of exports is still pending and could occur in the coming days, according to kyiv.

According to the Ukrainian Ministry of Infrastructure, 17 ships have already been loaded with grain in Chornomorsk and Odessa, and ten are ready to leave.

Ukraine, like Russia, is one of the world's largest grain exporters. kyiv says it wants to sell some 20 million tonnes for around $10 billion under this deal.

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