The Ukrainian President evacuates citizens from Donetsk in anticipation of heavy violence

Volodymyr Zelensky, the president of Ukraine, announced on July 30 that his nation would issue an order requiring all residents of the eastern Donetsk region to leave because of ferocious combat with Russia.

Zelensky stated that hundreds of thousands of civilians who were currently residing in the battle zones in the Donbass as well as the nearby Luhansk region needed to leave in a televised speech late on July 30.

Zelensky claims that evacuation is necessary for life preservation and that individuals who do so will receive compensation. The Ukrainian president also asked people to persuade nearby residents to evacuate, saying that even though many people are reluctant to go, it is still necessary to do so.

Iryna Vereshchuk, deputy prime minister, was quoted by Ukrainian media as stating that the evacuation should be carried out before the onset of winter due to concerns about a lack of natural gas supply in the area.

The Ukrainian government has already requested that residents leave the Donetsk neighbourhoods it controls. According to John Herbst, a former US ambassador to Ukraine, this would indicate that the conflict will intensify rather than just stop for a shortage of fuel.

The Ukrainian military reported on July 30 that battle the day before in the country’s south had resulted in the deaths of more than 100 Russian servicemen and the destruction of seven tanks. It served as a key nexus in Kiev’s counterattack and a vital supply line for Moscow.

The Dnipro River had been closed to train traffic to Kherson, according to the Ukrainian military, potentially cutting off Russian forces west of the river from supplies coming from Crimea.

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