MADRID, 5 May. (EUROPA PRESS) -
The pro-Russian authorities of the Ukrainian region of Zaporizhia have ordered this Friday the evacuation of 18 towns located near the combat front, after verifying that the Ukrainian forces have intensified their attacks in the area.
The pro-Russian governor, Yevgeni Balitski, has stated that the people considered most vulnerable will be transferred first, including children, the elderly, the disabled and patients from medical centers. "We cannot risk the safety of people", he has sentenced, reports the Interfax news agency.
These people will be evacuated to other areas of Zaporizhia further away from the front, according to Balitski on a "temporary" basis.
Zaporizhia, in southern Ukraine, is one of the four regions that Russia claims as its own after partially seizing them in the last year, following the military offensive launched in February 2022 by order of President Vladimir Putin. In recent weeks, the Ukrainian authorities have anticipated an imminent counter-offensive to retake the occupied areas.