Russian localities near Ukraine impose a state of emergency

The governor of the Rostov region of Russia declared a state of emergency because of the increasing number of refugees from eastern Ukraine.

Rostov Region Governor Vasily Golubev said today that the decision to declare a state of emergency at this time “is considered appropriate due to the increasing number of people coming to the region”. Refugees to Rostov mainly come from areas of eastern Ukraine that are under the control of pro-Russian militias.

The leaders of the two self-proclaimed republics of the Donbass region in eastern Ukraine, including the Dontesk People’s Republic (DPR) and the Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR), yesterday ordered all civilians to evacuate to Russian territory due to accused government troops of preparing to attack and retake breakaway regions.

In the past two days, both sides have repeatedly accused the other of violating the ceasefire and shelling, endangering civilians.

The Russian Ministry of Emergency Affairs said it had mobilized about 400 people and 150 vehicles to take part in receiving refugees from Donbass. Meanwhile, Donestk separatists on the same day confirmed more than 6,600 civilians had been evacuated.

Residents of the rebel-held city of Donetsk in Donbass, eastern Ukraine, were evacuated on the night of February 18.  Photo: Reuters.

Residents of the rebel-held city of Donetsk in Donbass, eastern Ukraine, were evacuated on the night of February 18. Photo: Reuters.

The separatist authorities in Luhansk say about 25,000 people have moved on their own from the alerted area. They are preparing vehicles to evacuate about 10,000 more people.

Russian media reported that authorities have arranged medical assistance and psychological reassurance for refugees at border posts bordering Donbass. President Vladimir Putin on February 18 ordered the government to provide 10,000 rubles (nearly 130 USD) for each evacuee arriving from eastern Ukraine.

The Ukrainian government has repeatedly denied accusations from the separatists that Kiev is planning to use force to regain control of the entire Donbass.

Fighting in this area increased after Ukraine received many weapons from the US and NATO members. The weapons arrived amid heightened tensions after the United States and the West accused Russia of amassing more than 100,000 troops near the border and planning an invasion of Ukraine.

Russia denied, asserting that all military activities close to the western border are an internal matter and only for the purpose of rehearsals against the threat from the scenario of NATO expansion to the east, and criticized the US and its allies. exaggerate the danger of war.

Crimea and the Donbass region.  Graphics: Washington Post.

Crimea and the Donbass region. Graphics:Washington Post.

Before Russia’s deployment, the US sent warships and B-1B bombers to participate in NATO’s “unplanned exercises” in the Black Sea, with two members of the alliance, Turkey and Romania, and Ukraine.

Russia on February 16 outlined five steps to resolve the conflict in the Donbass, including forcing Ukraine to comply with the Minsk agreement and stopping the supply of weapons to this Eastern European country.

Russia also called on the West to withdraw its military advisers and stop all exercises between Ukraine and NATO, and then withdraw all foreign weapons transferred here.

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Trung Nhan (According to AFP)

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