Zelenskyy Calls for Evacuation of Eastern Donetsk

A firefighter extinguishes a blaze in the building of a vocational school in the Ukrainian city of Kharkiv after a missile strike on July 30, 2022. (AP)

VOA News – Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy called Saturday for the evacuation of eastern Donetsk province, the region that has seen the fiercest fighting as Russia seeks to fully control it.

Hundreds of thousands of people, including children and the elderly, remain in combat zones of the larger Donbas region, which includes Donetsk and Luhansk. It is also the region where Ukrainian prisoners of war died in a missile attack earlier this week.

Zelenskyy made the announcement Saturday during his nightly video address to his nation.

“The more people leave [the] Donetsk region now, the fewer people the Russian army will have time to kill,” he said, adding that residents who left would be given compensation, he said according to Reuters.

Zalenskyy promised logistical support to persuade people to leave.

A young girl falls into her father’s arms from a Russian tank that was destroyed and exhibited at Mykhailivs’ka Square with other damaged Russian military equipment as a symbol of Ukraine’s resistance against the invasion in Kyiv, Ukraine, July 30, 2022.

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