Ukraine asked its citizens to evacuate the northern border in the face of constant Russian bombing

The Olympic Training Center in Chernihiv (Ukraine). EFE/ Miguel Gutiérrez (MIGUEL GUTIÉRREZ/)

The Ukrainian Army today asked residents in towns near the northern border with Russia to evacuate them as soon as possible to avoid civilian deaths from constant Russian fire and allow Ukrainian forces to respond without impediments.

“The enemy uses various types of weapons, such as aviation, artillery, mortars and grenade launchers, and puts sabotage groups into the fray”said the Ukrainian lieutenant general Sergey Naev in a message to residents in the Sumi and Chernihiv regions posted on his Telegram account.

Naev noted that “These hostilities can lead to the death of both civilians and soldiers, their capture and the destruction of entire border towns and villages”.

“Every civilian must understand that being on the border with Russia is dangerous”said the soldier.

“The war continues, and in order for the Ukrainian Army to be able to carry out a full exchange of fire and destroy the enemy without thinking that it may harm our citizens, all conscientious Ukrainians must follow the example of the military administrations,” Naev added.

Russia bombs Okhtirka
Russian forces bombed Ojtirka, in the Sumi region, in northeastern Ukraine, and caused serious damage from the beginning of the invasion (EFE/EPA/SERGEY DOLZHENKO/File)

Russian forces attacked this Wednesday with Onyx supersonic missiles agricultural infrastructure in the region Odessain southern Ukraine, according to the head of the Military Administration of the area, Oleg Kiper.

The Onyx They are one of the most difficult types of Russian-made missiles to intercept, because they fly at high speed and at low altitude.

“After the massive nighttime drone attack on Odessa, in the morning Russian terrorists hit the region with missiles”Kiper wrote on his Telegram channel.

Last night Russia launched twenty Iranian Shahed drones which were almost entirely shot down by Ukraine in the south of the country.

An Iranian Shahed drone displayed in Tehran, Iran.  (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi, file)
An Iranian Shahed drone displayed in Tehran, Iran. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi, file) (Ebrahim Noroozi/)

The target of the missiles, Kiper explained without specifying the number of Onyx used in the attack, were agricultural companies in two different districts of the Odessa region.

Last summer, this province suffered almost daily attacks against its agricultural infrastructure and its ports, which have cereal among their main exports.

An empty cow barn and a space for storing straw have been destroyed in the attack.

The attack, Kiper added, has not killed people or animals.

Meanwhile, the president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyenconfirmed this Wednesday that the European Executive is starting the first technical evaluation process of Ukrainian legislation prior to starting accession negotiations to the European Union.

“In preparation for the accession talks, we are starting the scrutiny process and drawing up the negotiating framework. Meanwhile, we will begin to work on our own reforms to prepare for a Union of more than 30 Member States,” Von der Leyen assured the Plenary Session. European Parliament meeting in Strasbourg, France.

In this way, the German conservative has confirmed Brussels’ step to begin the preliminary examination that reflects the level of alignment with the EU legislation of a candidate country and points the direction to achieve greater harmonization, thus outlining future reforms to ensure that the legal framework of the candidate country is compatible with EU standards.

The Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelensky, already announced this Tuesday an agreement so that the European Commission will begin this first technical process prior to starting accession negotiations to the European Union. After a meeting on the margins of the World Economic Forumwhich is celebrated these days in DavosZelensky assured that Brussels would move forward with this first evaluation, thus following the decision of the member states last December to discuss Ukraine’s entry into the bloc.

(With information from EFE)