KHARKIV OBLAST, UKRAINE, Apr 12 — Evacuation of civilians from the districts under Russian shelling continues in the Kharkiv Oblast, said Volodymyr Tymoshko, head of the Kharkiv Oblast Police. Police officers evacuated four citizens from the Kupiansk district: one woman and three men.

As Oleh Syniehubov, the Kharkiv Oblast Governor, reported, the Regional Defense Council has decided to start mandatory evacuation for families with children in 47 frontline settlements of the Kharkiv Oblast.

“We are talking only about settlements near the border with Russia in the Kharkiv, Bohodukhiv, and Izium districts. According to our information, 182 children live in these settlements,” said Oleh Syniehubov. The administration noted that this decision does not apply to the city of Kharkiv.

Russians intensified attacks on Kharkiv and Kharkiv Oblast that borders Belgorod Oblast in the Russian Federation since mid-March, exploiting the lack of air defense systems and missiles for them in Ukraine, partially caused by delays in military aid from the country’s allies. The governor noted that routes for evacuation of children and safe places for evacuated people to live have already been selected.

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