Due to the escalation near the localities of Kupiansk district in Kharkiv region, the population may have to be evacuated.

Kharkiv region Governor Oleh Syniehubov stated this during a meeting under his chairmanship.

The issue of mandatory evacuation from 53 settlements is being considered. Approximately, it is more than 11,000 people, including hundreds of children.

Everyone will be provided with the necessary assistance, the evacuees will be offered temporary housing in safer areas, Syniehubov noted.

“The enemy has intensified shelling of the border settlements and those close to the front line, and continues to target the local population, including with air strikes. Our goal is to save the lives of our civilians, so this evacuation is being carried out as a preventive measure,” Syniehubov said.

At the same time, the evacuation is ongoing. People who want to leave the shelled areas can contact local authorities and volunteers for help.

According to the Department of Civil Protection of the Kharkiv Regional Military Administration, the mandatory evacuation of children with their parents or other legal representatives from 10 settlements of the Vovchansk territorial community of Chuhuiv district was organized earlier.

As of August 9, a total of 288 people have been evacuated, including 186 children and 102 accompanying persons.

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Constant missile attacks and empty streets: how Kupyansk lives on the front line. This city in Kharkiv Oblast 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. Today, it is constantly under fire from Russian MLRS and S-300 systems.

Russian army plans to break through Ukrainian defense in Kupyansk direction — colonel-general Syrskyi. Intense fighting is taking place, with some villages changing hands several times.