A day after two people were killed in a Russian attack on a market, residents of the city of Slovyansk in eastern Ukraine have been instructed to leave.
On Wednesday morning, as Russian military moved from the north and east, civilians boarded minibuses.
We evict people daily, according to Mayor Vadym Lyakh, and “just around 23,000 residents are left.” Many evacuees were transported by bus to the city of Dnipro, which is located further west.
The city, which once held more than 100,000 residents, is “strongly fortified,” he claimed.
The UK Defense Intelligence reports that Slovyansk is likely to be the next area of concentration in the battle for Donbas, the industrial region comprising Luhansk and Donetsk, with Russian forces now in control of the surrounding Luhansk region.
In the south, where Ukraine is preventing a Russian push on the port city of Odesa, Russian soldiers also kept shelling the vital city of Mykolaiv.
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