More than 70,000 civilians have left their homes in one week in Ukraine’s southern Kherson region after the pro-Russian occupation authorities began their evacuation on October 19.
The same authorities announced this on Wednesday.
“I am sure that more than 70,000 people have left in a week since the crossing of the Dnieper River was organized,” Vladimir Saldo, the head of the Russian occupation administration, told television channel Krim 24.
Since the beginning of September, the Ukrainian army has been gradually advancing in this region, which was annexed by Moscow at the end of the same month, but which Russia does not fully control.
The territorial victories of the Ukrainian soldiers had prompted the pro-Russian authorities to ask the civilian population to leave their homes and cross the Dnieper to the left bank, further from the front line.