Zelenskyy Orders Mandatory Evacuation Of Donetsk Region As Fighting Intensifies

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Ukraine’s president has announced a mandatory evacuation of people in the Donetsk region, amid fierce fighting with Russia.

In his nightly address, Volodymyr Zelenskyy said hundreds of thousands of people still in combat zones in the larger Donbas region also needed to leave.

Mr Zelenskyy said the sooner people leave “the fewer people the Russian army will have time to kill”.

Separately, Ukrainian media quoted deputy prime minister Iryna Vereshchuk as saying the evacuation needed to take place before winter begins as the region’s natural gas supplies had been destroyed.

Donetsk has seen fierce fighting in recent days, particularly in the eastern town of Bakhmut, which is the focus of the Russian offensive is in Donbas.

The announcement comes amid continued attacks within the region, including one on a prison in Olenivka, in the Russian-controlled Donetsk region.

Officials from Russia and the separatist authorities in Donetsk said the attack killed 53 Ukrainian prisoners of war and wounded 75.
Ukraine accused Russia of deliberately shelling the prison to cover up torture and executions there. Russia blamed Ukraine for the attack.

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