Avdiivka residents preparare to evacuate as the conflict with Putin-supporting rebels escalates
More than 10,000 people have been killed since 2014 when fighting began due to Russian land claims and pro-Putin rebel uprisings in the east of Ukraine.
Despite attempts to negotiate a cease fire last month, violence has begun anew this week with several deaths on both sides yesterday.
Now Avdiivka, a town in Ukraine near the Russian-supporting, rebel-controlled area in the far-east of the country, has begun evacuating over fears of a shelling attack.
This morning 175 people, including 88 children, were rushed by bus away from the town. Five injuries have been reported in Avdiivka today.
Avdiivka is a valuable stronghold for Ukrainian forces
One resident said: “Everything is going bad. People are scared and try to go out. It's very cold. There are bread queues. Only a few shops are open.”
Pavlo Zhebrivsky of the Kiev-appointed administration said plans were being made for a mass evacuation from the town, which has a population of around 20,000.
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He said: “As of now, we can evacuate up to 8,000 people in the course of the day. The region's towns are ready to receive up to 9,000 people.”
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