facebook
twitter
search
search

Donetsk residents told to evacuate in advance of liberation operation

Residents of Donetsk, a rebel-stronghold in eastern Ukraine, should evacuate as soon as possible, the Ukrainian military warned Monday in advance of a liberation operation.
By JC Finley Follow @JC_Finley Contact the Author   |   Aug. 4, 2014 at 10:46 AM
| License Photo

KIEV, Ukraine, Aug. 4 (UPI) -- As the Ukrainian military seeks to regain control over its restive eastern region, the military encouraged residents of the rebel stronghold in Donetsk on Monday to evacuate.

The Ukrainian military now surrounds Donetsk, which the rebels re-named the Donetsk People's Republic.

Military spokesman Andriy Lysenko expressed concern that the rebels were mistreating the residents of Donetsk. Rebels have forced some to take up arms against the military; in other instances, they have kidnapped and killed residents, seizing control of their homes.

The military has established humanitarian corridors to facilitate the evacuation of civilians out of eastern Ukraine. Lysenko added that the government would help evacuees find temporary shelter.

It is unclear when the military will move in to liberate Donetsk but with Monday's evacuation warning, the assault could be imminent.

Related UPI Stories
Latest Headlines
Trending Stories
Chelsea Clinton accidentally calls Bernie 'President Sanders'
Watch every star-studded Super Bowl commercial of 2016
Susan Sarandon responds to Piers Morgan criticizing cleavage
Two Virginia Tech students plotted 13-year-old's death, prosecutors said
Colin Powell, Condoleezza Rice got classified email on private accounts