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Ukraine: Russia says it has finished evacuating civilians from occupied Kherson region

Ukraine: Russia says it has finished evacuating civilians from occupied Kherson region

A pro-Russian official said the evacuation of civilians from the Russian-occupied Kherson region in southern Ukraine, which is facing a Ukrainian attack, has been completed.

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On Thursday evening, Sergei Aksyonov, the leader of the neighboring Kherson Peninsula, which Moscow annexed in 2014, announced that “the work organizing the departure of residents of the left bank of the Dnipro River towards safe areas in Russia has been completed.”

Ukraine, which is leading an offensive in the region after inflicting serious setbacks on Russian forces on other fronts, calls these population transfers “relocations”.

France Press agency

“I am glad that those who wanted to quickly and safely leave the bombed area of ​​​​the Ukrainian armed forces, were able to do so,” Mr Aksyonov said on Telegram, posting a photo alongside Deputy Director of the Russian Presidential Administration Sergei Kirienko.

And the Russian occupation official in Kherson, Vladimir Saldo, claimed on Wednesday that at least 70,000 residents had left their homes in the area in less than a week.

France Press agency

The Ukrainian military leadership indicated in its daily report for the past twenty-four hours, published on Friday, that “the so-called + evacuation + from the temporarily occupied territories of the Kherson region continues.”

He noted the “strengthening of the enemy group on the right bank” of the Kherson region.

Mr. Aksionov also noted that he and Mr. Kirienko visited the nuclear power plant in Zaporizhia, which was occupied by Russia and repeatedly targeted by dangerous bombings for which Moscow and Kiev reject responsibility.

Aksionov said the two men “met with the employees and took stock of the situation in the factory area.”