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Over 16,400 people evacuated by Russia from Ukraine, DPR, LPR - ministry
More than 16,400 people were evacuated from dangerous regions in Ukraine, and from the Lugansk and Donetsk People's Republics to Russia during the day, Mikhail Mizintsev, chief of Russia's National Defense Management Center, said on Sunday.
"During the past day, as many as 16,434 people, including 3,389 children evacuated from dangerous zones in various Ukrainian regions, and from the Lugansk and Donetsk People's Republics to Russia without the Ukrainian side's participation. Since the beginning of the special military operation, more than 330,686 people, including 68,983 children, have been evacuated," he said.
According to Mizintsev, nearly 1,815 cars crossed the Russian border on Saturday and 38,525 since the beginning of the operation.
He noted that most of people who are kept by radicals are looking for a possibility to be evacuated to Russia. "According to the results of daily monitoring, as many as 5,117 such requests came during the past day alone. In all, our database has 2,711,319 names and addresses from 2,093 settlements in Ukraine," he said.
Neo-Nazis in Ukraine are using more than 4.5 million civilians, including 6,838 foreigners from 18 countries, as a human shield, Mizintsev said.
"Despite the fact that humanitarian corridors are opened every day, Ukrainian neo-Nazis continue to keep more than 4.5 million civilians as a human shield in Kiev, Kharkov, Chernigov, Sumy and more than 20 other blocked large cities. There are 6,838 citizens of 18 countries among them," he said.
According to Mizintsev, crews of 70 ships from 15 countries are staying in blocked seaports in Ukraine.
He also said that more than 9,500 temporary accommodation centers are operating in Russia for refugees from Ukraine.
[Source: Tass, Moscow, 20Mar22]
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