The government of Ukraine ordered the evacuation of children of five towns located on the southern front, in the region of Zaporizhzhyain view of “the difficult security situation and the Russian bombings”the Ministry of Reintegration announced on Tuesday.
A total of “54 children and 67 people accompanying them will be evacuated” from obligatory wayspecified in a statement published in Telegram the ministry responsible for the reintegration of the territories occupied by Russia.
The five locations are “Guouliaïpolé, Stepnoguirsk, Preobrajenka, Egorivka and Novopavlivka”specified the ministry, according to which the decision was made “unanimously” at a meeting of local officials.
Martial law decreed by the President of Ukraine, Volodimir Zelenskyfollowing the start of the Russian offensive, gives free rein to this type of forced transfer.
In total, the Government estimates that more than a hundred people may be affected in these areas of southeastern Ukraine, taking into account both minors and their companions, says the official statement released in Telegram by the Ministry of Reintegration.
According to the ministry, “in addition to children, the mandatory evacuation will apply to people with reduced mobility who live in the mentioned localities.
This announcement comes as Ukraine claimed on Tuesday to have advanced close to robotynea town located about 50 km southeast of the towns affected by the evacuations.
So far, the counteroffensive initiated at the beginning of June in that area of the south, as well as in the east, only allowed regain control of some towns.
The Russians had several months to fortify their positions with trenches and significant minefields, scattered over several lines of hundreds of kilometres.
Evacuations of civilians have been relatively rare in Ukraine for months, as most of the inhabitants have left areas where fighting is intense or want to stay at all costs.
The last major operations of this type date back to August 10 around Kupiansk (northeast).
The education of children in Ukraine, in check
The two years of pandemic followed by the Russian invasion of Ukraine threaten the education and school trajectory of Ukrainian childrenwarned the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) on Tuesday.
The UN agency stresses that both the children who stayed in Ukraine and those who fled the country after the Russian invasion in February 2022 see their disturbed fourth school year.
In total, the conflict and exile threaten the education of 6.7 million children and young people Ukrainians between the ages of 3 and 18, denounced Regina de Dominicis, UNICEF’s regional director for Europe and Central Asia.
The children of this former Soviet republic already show generalized signs of loss of consciousnessespecially in his command of the Ukrainian language, reading and mathematics, warned the expert, after visiting the country.
“In Ukraine itself, attacks on schools continue, leaving children deeply distraught and deprived of safe places to learn,” he said.
“This not only forced Ukrainian children to fight to progress in their education, but also not to forget what they learned when their schools were running normally,” he said.
About half of Ukrainian teachers registered deterioration in the level of language, mathematics and foreign languagesindicate the data cited by the United Nations Fund.
(With information from AFP and Europa Press)
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