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


A government decision was made on the mandatory evacuation of the Donetsk regionMr. Zelensky said in a video posted in the evening. Please evacuatehe asked.

At this stage of the war, terror is Russia’s main weaponhe pointed out.

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

She had justified this decision, in declarations on television, by the destruction of the gas networks and the absence of heating next winter in the region.

Russian strikes on towns in the region cause casualties among the civilian population almost every day.

On Friday, the bombing of a barracks housing Ukrainian soldiers prisoners in Olenivka, in territory occupied by the Russians in the Donetsk region, left around fifty dead.

A deliberate Russian war crimeaccording to Mr. Zelensky.

Ukrainian human rights official Dmytro Lubinetsk announced on Saturday that he had asked the Red Cross and the United Nations Human Rights Monitoring Mission, which had supervised in May the surrender negotiated with the Russians of the defenders of the Azovstal factory in Mariupol, to go to Olenivka.

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

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

  Crater left by a Russian strike in Kharkiv.

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

Photo: Reuters/STRINGER

On the ground 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).

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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.

Regarding cereals blocked in Ukraine since the beginning of the war, the resumption of exports is still pending and could occur in the next few daysaccording 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, are among the world’s largest grain exporters. kyiv says it wants to sell some 20 million tonnes for around 10 billion dollars as part of this agreement.

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