10 Mar 2022 22:44

Over 187,000 people evacuated from Ukraine to Russia since start of military operation, almost 7,500 over past day - Russian Defense Ministry

MOSCOW. March 10 (Interfax) - More than 187,000 people have been evacuated to Russia from the areas of hostilities in Ukraine, over 2.6 million more have said they want to leave the country, head of the Russian National Defense Control Center Mikhail Mizintsev said.

"Since the beginning of the special military operation, we have managed to evacuate already more than 187,000 people, including 46,696 children, in particular, 7,457 people, including 1,260 children over the past day from Ukraine's dangerous zones without Kyiv's participation. More than 22,000 personal vehicles have crossed the checkpoints, including 1,043 vehicles over the past day," Mizintsev said at a press briefing on Thursday.

"There are already 2,617,349 people in the database today who want to be evacuated from almost 2,000 settlements in Ukraine," he said.

Besides, more than 7,000 foreign citizens from 21 countries who also want to be evacuated are staying in Ukraine, Mizintsev said.

He said that, as of today, the Russian military has delivered 1,421 tonnes of humanitarian aid to Ukraine, and 186 humanitarian operations have been carried out.