15,000 flee Donetsk - regional authorities

Some 15,000 people have left Donetsk amid ongoing hostilities between Ukrainian government forces and the armed proponents of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic, Donetsk Regional Administration reports.

"According to the city head's information, about 15,000 people have left Donetsk. It is virtually impossible to evacuate a million residents," it said.

In addition, about 40% of those inhabiting Sloviansk have left this city, the regional administration said with reference to the self-proclaimed city authorities. "The city council's executive committee is fully handling the evacuation of children and families," it said.




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