Pro-Kremlin officials say will evacuate 50,000 from Kherson

MOSCOW: Authorities installed by Moscow in UkraineSouth Kherson The region on Wednesday said it plans to evacuate about 50,000 civilians due to a Ukrainian counterattack.
“We expect to evacuate about 50,000 to 60,000 people to the left bank of the Dnieper,” pro-Kremlin official said. Vladimir Saldo above Telegram channel “Solovyov Live”.
Saldo said he expected the evacuation to take six days and RIA Novosti The news agency reported that boat evacuations had begun.
Citing another pro-Russian official, they said the evacuees could go to Russia.
RIA Novosti said local residents had received messages urging them to evacuate “before the Ukrainian army started bombing”.
The Russian military commander in charge of Ukraine operations on Tuesday said Russian forces were planning a “safe evacuation”.
The city of Kherson and the surrounding area were captured by Russian forces at the beginning of the conflict in the spring.
Ukraine launched a counter-offensive to the south in late summer and is moving closer to Kherson.
Ukrainian advances were to the right of Dnieperwhere Kherson was, and Ukrainian attacks targeted bridges on the left bank to disrupt supply lines.
Russian generals Sergey Surovikin said on Tuesday on Russia’s state-run channel Rossiya 24 that the Russian military “will above all ensure the safe evacuation of the population”.
Surovikin said Ukrainian air strikes targeting civilian infrastructure “create a direct threat to the lives of residents”.
“The situation in the area where the special military activity took place can be described as tense. The enemy has not given up trying to attack the positions of the Russian army,” he said.


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