on Foreign Affairs
Russian Defense Ministry: Russian forces ‘evacuate’ 23,000 civilians from ‘dangerous areas of Ukraine
July 20, 2022
In Avdeyevka, Donetsk People's Republic, neo-Nazis have brought civilians to coking plant with a pretext of saving them from artillery attacks in order to retain them as a live shield.
At the same time, militants have deployed artillery and MRLS used for shelling the nearby settlements from the entity.
These cynical acts of Ukrainian nationalists are aimed at provoking a counter-attack in order to accuse Russian Armed Forces and units of the Donetsk People's Republic of the deaths among civilians caused by allegedly indiscriminate attacks, as well as to cover it in mass media, in accordance with a well-practiced methodology.
This kind of flagrant breaching the international humanitarian law by the Kiev regime continues being ignored by the international society and organisations.
We urge the United Nations Organisation, the International Committee of the Red Cross and other international organisations to influence on the authorities in Kiev for preventing the usage of civilian infrastructure facilities with military purposes by Ukrainian armed groups.
️ To replenish the significant losses in personnel and equipment incurred by 66th and 72nd mechanised, 58th motorised infantry and 10th Mountain Assault Brigades of AFU operating in the Soledar direction, the forced mobilization of residents of Artemovsk, Chasov Yar, Soledar, Dzerzhinsk and other nearby settlements is under way. Vehicles are seized from local residents to equip the formations.
High-precision weapons of the Russian Aerospace Forces have neutralised temporary deployement point of the Right Sector Nazi militia in Kamyshevakha, Zaporozhye Region. Up to 200 militants have been killed.
We continue to record the criminal acts committed by the Kiev regime against civilian population, as well as the use of residential buildings, educational institutions and other social facilities by Ukrainian armed groups with military purposes.
Over the past 24 hours, the population of Donetsk and Lugansk people's republics has been provided with over 559 tonnes of prime necessity items and groceries. Over 23 thousand people have been evacuated from the dangerous areas of Ukraine and the republics of Donbass to Russia. Defence Ministry has published the footage of delivering 50 tonnes of humanitarian goods to the liberated settlements in Kharkov region.
Chief of Russian military institution was informed by group commander Lieutenant General Andrey Sychevoy about the current situation and the combat mission performed in the area of his responsibility.
General of the Army Sergei Shoigu gave instructions for further increase of operational responsiveness related to destroying enemy unmanned aerial vehicles over areas at the border of Russia, as well as to stern prevention of attacks launched by nationalists at the residential areas of the liberated settlements due to delivery of new counter-battery warfare means.
Russian Defence Minister had previously inspected Southern group of troops commanded by the General of the Army Sergei Surovikin, Central group of troops commanded by Colonel General Aleksandr Lapin, as well as Eastern group of troops commanded by Lieutenant General Rustam Muradov.