5 Mar 2022 19:12

Almost 160,000 people evacuate Ukraine during special military operation - Russian Defense Ministry

MOSCOW. March 5 (Interfax) - The Russian military have evacuated over 156,000 people and delivered almost 500 tonnes of humanitarian aid during the special military operation in Ukraine, the Chief of the National Center for State Defense Control, Mikhail Mizintsev, said on Saturday.

"Since the beginning of the special military operation, more than 156 thousand people have been evacuated from dangerous zones, 41,596 of them children, including 6,613 per day, of which 967 are children," Mizintsev told a briefing on Saturday.

Over the period, 17,365 personal vehicles, including 924 in the past 24 hours, have crossed the Russian border, he said.

"[Four hundred ninety-seven] tonnes of humanitarian cargo were delivered to Ukraine, 62 humanitarian actions were carried out. Yesterday, 35 humanitarian actions were carried out in the Kiev and Kherson regions, as well as in the Luhansk People's Republic, during which 280 tons of basic necessities, medicines and food were transferred to the population of the liberated areas," he said.

"As of today, 18 humanitarian actions have been planned and are being carried out in the Kiev and Kharkiv regions, as well as in the Donetsk People's Republic, during which 60 tons of basic necessities, medicines and food are being transferred to the population," Mizintsev said.