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Government approves forced evacuation of children from active combat zones

Tuesday, 7 March 2023, 15:07
Government approves forced evacuation of children from active combat zones

The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine has approved a mechanism of forced evacuation of children from active combat zones.

Source: Ministry of Reintegration of Temporarily Occupied Territories of Ukraine on Telegram 

Details: From this time forth, a decision made by oblast military administrations, in agreement with the military command and the Coordination Headquarters for the Mandatory Evacuation of the Population, can be a reason for forced evacuation. 

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Mandatory forced evacuation of children will be carried out with kids being accompanied by one of the parents, a legal guardian or other legal representative.

Parent’s or guardian’s refusal to evacuate the child is not allowed. 

It is noted that, at the moment, the only area that fits the criteria for forced evacuation of children from active combat zones is the city of Bakhmut.

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Quote from Iryna Vereshchuk, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Reintegration of the Temporarily Occupied Territories: "It is the government's duty to guard the life and health of a child. The decision taken today should encourage parents to be more balanced in regards to the issue of evacuating their children. If the adults are unfit to take care of a child’s safety, it has to be done by the government." 

Previously: Vereshchuk reported that despite tension in Bakhmut, Donetsk Oblast, a part of Bakhmut’s residents remain in the city, among them children. 

"As of today, less than 4,000 people remain in Bakhmut, including at least 38 children," she said. 

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