The Ukrainian authorities ordered on Thursday the mandatory evacuation of families with children and people with reduced mobility in the city of Kupiansk after the repeated and violent attacks in the region that have destroyed the houses and civilian buildings in the area.
“The decision (…) was made taking into account the unstable security situation due to the constant shelling of the territory by Russian troops”, reads the statement released in the last hours by the head of the Kharkiv Regional Administration, Oleg Sinegubov.
According to the city registry, there are 812 minors and 724 people with reduced mobility registered there.
During this process, the Government will assist those affected, so that they are safe at all times. “Kupiansk residents will receive accommodation and meal. They will also be provided humanitarian aid and medical support”Sinegubov continued.
He also commented that the respective social services will be assisting citizens so that they can process the documents necessary to obtain the status of displaced. This, among other benefits, allows them to be eligible to receive financial support in this difficult context.
Kupiansk is a town located on the front line, some 50 kilometers from the border with Russia and, for the last time, the scene of virulent attacks. In addition, although the kyiv armed forces managed to regain control of the city in September, they fear an escalation in the situation so they have already started with the tasks of prevention and evacuation.
Kupiansk is a strategic city due to its proximity to the province of Kharkivon the shores of oskil river. That is why the Russian troops concentrate their efforts on capturing this industrial heart, known as the Donbaswhich includes, in turn, the provinces of Donetsk and lugansk.
Already begun the second year of the war conflict launched by Putin, the Kremlin urgently needs a victory that allows it to take advantage of Ukraine which, unlike Moscow that would seem to be staying without weapons and troopsreceives more and more artillery and support from West.
Even the victory of one of the parties over Kupiansk could define the future lines of attack in each case.
In Russia’s case, if it succeeded in pushing Ukrainian forces west of the river, it would clear the way for a significant offensive further south, where the administrative boundaries of Lugansk and Donetsk meet. Instead, if the Ukrainian defenses hold, this could once again expose Russian vulnerabilities and lead to a stronger counteroffensive.
“The enemy is constantly increasing his efforts, but our troops are also increasing their efforts there, making timely replacements and maintaining the defense”, assured days ago the brigadier general Dmytro Krasylnykovcommander of the joint group of troops in the Kharkiv region.
For his part, Serhii, an infantryman from the 92 Brigade, commented that he believes that the next few months will be critical since the enemy troops clearly “want to isolate us from the Oskil river. They want our troops to retreat… and they can occupy all the territory along the river from Kupiansk to Kreminna, but we will not allow it.
(With information from AFP and Europa Press)
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