Evacuation of Avdeevka Residents Under Ukrainian Shelling

Translated by Ollie Richardson & Angelina Siard




Because of continuous shelling by the UAF, being in the northern part of Donetsk became unsafe. On January 31st, 2017, the head of the administration of the Kievsky district of Donetsk Valentin Levchenko announced the beginning of voluntary evacuation of civilians.

For the third day the evacuation of citizens proceeds who agreed to leave their houses. The evacuation is provided by divisions of the Ministry of Emergency Situations of the DPR. It should be noted that the rescue of civilians took place under continuous artillery shelling from the side of the UAF, therefore inhabitants are forced to evacuate in military vehicles.

I became a witness of the evacuation of 6 civilians living on streets Listoprokatchik and Chapayev. But also locals with children and the elderly continue to live in the Kievsky district. They refuse evacuation as they don’t want to leave their houses. At the moment, the situation in the area is extremely intense. Shells fall near apartments, on playgrounds, houses. Because of shelling there is continuous interruptions in water, electricity, and gas. Temperatures in apartments don’t exceed the mark of 17 degrees.

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