KHARKIV OBLAST, UKRAINE, Feb 29 – The evacuation will primarily affect families with children. The Kharkiv Regional Defense Council will discuss the issue of forced evacuation from all localities in the Kupiansk sector of the hostilities. The head of the Kharkiv regional military administration, Oleh Syniehubov, said this during a telethon.

“We are planning to consider the issue of forced evacuation of families with children from all settlements in the Kupiansk sector at the next meeting of the Kharkiv Regional Defense Council,” he said.

On February 28, at about 4:50 p.m., Russian troops shelled Velykyi Burluk settlement in Kharkiv region with guided aerial bombs. Two people have been reported dead – a 48-year-old man and a 6-year-old girl.

As a result of the attack on the village, the girl was seriously injured and later died. Her mother is in serious condition and is receiving medical care. The shelling was recorded on the territory of the local railway station.

Kupiansk area in Kharkiv Oblast / Map:

Recall that yesterday, February 28, in the afternoon, Russian troops also attacked Kupiansk in Kharkiv Oblast with guided aerial bombs and hit a local church and café. Two people were killed, and five others were injured.

Kupiansk, a town in eastern Kharkiv Oblast with a pre-war population of about 30,000 people, was occupied from late February till September 2022. The city is a railway and road hub in eastern Ukraine between Kharkiv and Luhansk regions.

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Constant missile attacks and deserted streets: how Kupiansk lives on the front line. It is 10-15 km / 6–9 miles from the front line and 40 km / 25 miles from the border with Russia. The city was severely damaged at the beginning of the full-scale invasion and during the battle for its liberation in September 2022.