Ukrainian governor of Donetsk urges civilians to leave the area
The governor of Ukraine’s Donetsk region, Pavlo Krylenko, urges civilians to leave the region in light of the offensive of Russian forces. “Russia has turned the entire Donetsk region into a dangerous area even for civilians. I ask everyone to leave it. Displacement saves lives,” he said. The mayor of Slovyansk, a city considered the next target of Moscow, Vadim Lyakh, arranged buses and trains bound for western Ukraine, to flee civilians. Meanwhile, the Ukrainian army erected a defensive wall along the front, near the three inhabited centers: Seversk, Soledar and Bakhmut, after the fall of Severodonetsk and Lyschansk, in the Slovensk region, with the aim of stopping the advance of the Ukrainian army. Russians towards the Kramatorsk Industrial District, the headquarters of Ukrainian forces in Donbass.