Iryna Vereshchuk, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Reintegration of the Temporarily Occupied Territories of Ukraine, during a live broadcast at a National News telethon, stated the need to evacuate civilians and children from Bakhmut as soon as possible. She specified that less than 4,000 people, including approximately 38 children, remained there.
According to the Deputy Prime Minister, most residential buildings in the city have been destroyed and damaged, and social infrastructure is not functioning. Special evacuation teams and armored vehicles are operating to help people get out. But residents often hide in basements, leaving no information about their whereabouts. It is difficult to reach them. All this makes evacuation very difficult.
“These residents, especially children who are completely dependent on adults, are defenseless. For many days and nights, they are in an information vacuum and under extreme stress. So they cannot adequately assess the threat to their lives and the lives of their children. It is our duty to reach them, explain the danger, and evacuate them,” Iryna Vereshchuk summed up.
It is worth mentioning that yesterday’s decision of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine on forced evacuation of children should help ensure the success of this mission.