Ukraine orders evacuation of 8 border settlements in Sumy Oblast

Russians are amassing troops on the border of Sumy Oblast
Russians are amassing troops on the border of Sumy Oblast

Eight more settlements in the Ukrainian-Russian border area of Sumy Oblast will be evacuated amid daily Russian shelling, regional governor Volodymyr Artyukh said on national television on June 7.

The announcement comes after three people were killed and three others wounded by Russian shelling earlier in the week, bringing the total number of civilians killed in the oblast this year to 50.

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"These exceed last year's numbers," he said, adding that Russian forces are carrying out attacks with artillery, mortars, and kamikaze drones.

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"Yesterday there was a meeting of the Regional Defense Council. The military command proposed evacuating eight more settlements within the 10-kilometer zone," and orders have already been issued to the affected communities.

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On May 29, the General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces reported that Russian forces continued their presence, conducting sabotage and reconnaissance activities along the borders of Chernihiv and Sumy oblasts.

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