Ukraine begins evacuation of residents devastated southern cities because of winter | War in Ukraine

Residents of devastated cities in southern Ukraine are being ordered to move by the government in Kyiv. Winter has begun in the country and residents in the destroyed cities find it difficult to keep warm. World Health Organization WHO fears for the lives of millions of Ukrainians.

Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk describes in a message on Telegram on Monday how residents can request help with evacuation.

She hopes that especially the elderly, the sick, people with a disability and women with children will move to more habitable cities. “You can spend the winter period there,” says Vereshchuk. “Transport, accommodation and medical assistance will be provided.”

Winter in Ukraine lasts roughly from mid-November to mid-March. The average maximum temperature during the day is then less than 4 degrees. January is the coldest. Then it generally does not get warmer than -1 degree.

Kyiv mainly foresees problems in Kherson and Mykolaiv. In both cities the energy infrastructure has collapsed and there is hardly any electricity or clean drinking water.

The WHO also sees that care for Ukrainians is getting stuck. The massive power outage also leads to problems in hospitals. There are said to have been more than seven hundred attacks on energy companies.

The head of the major Ukrainian energy company YASNO wants residents to be prepared “for all possible scenarios” and calls for blankets and warm clothes to stock up. About ten million inhabitants would already be without power.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky tries to reassure his people. “We went through a lot of scenarios and there is absolutely no need to leave the country.”

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The WHO wants residents to be helped through a humanitarian corridor. Medical aids can be delivered via such a combat-free route.