The Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine, Irina Vereshchuk, announced this Saturday that the Government has begun preparations to order the mandatory evacuation of the Donetsk region before winter. given the near total destruction of the heating supply infrastructure due to fighting against Russian forces.
Vereshchuk, also Minister for the Reintegration of the Temporarily Occupied Territories, as Ukraine calls the breakaway zones of the self-proclaimed republics of Donetsk and Luganskclose to Russia, announced the creation, for this purpose, of the so-called Headquarters for the evacuation of residents of the Donetsk region.
The deputy prime minister estimates that the mandatory evacuation order could affect between 200 thousand and 220 thousand residents of the regionright now the epicenter of fighting between Russian and Ukrainian forces.
“There is absolutely no gas supply in the Donetsk regionall the gas pipelines that could be repaired were repaired, but, unfortunately, the enemy destroys again and again everything that could warm people in winter,” Vereshchuk warned in a televised appearance collected by the Ukrainian agency UNIAN.
The Ukrainian government estimates that at least 52 thousand children in the region are in danger of freezing to death in winter “without heating, light, or the possibility of heating up,” he added.
Moreover, the deputy prime minister does not rule out that the next region to receive the mandatory evacuation order is Zaporizhia, also near the front lines of the fighting, which 65 percent ran out of their gas supply.
Almost two million people lived in Zaporizhia, in the south of the country and bordering Donetsk, before the outbreak of the conflict, some 750,000 of them in the capital of the same name. (Europe Press)