"Burning documents and loading onto buses": the occupiers have started evacuating from the occupied districts of Zaporizhzhia. Photo.
The occupiers are becoming increasingly nervous in anticipation of a counter-offensive by the Ukrainian Defence Forces. Panic has broken out in the temporarily occupied part of Zaporizhzhia Oblast as the invaders have announced an evacuation and are urgently moving their families out.
In particular, local residents, our readers, told OBOZREVATEL about what is happening today, May 5, in the urban-type settlement of Mykhailivka in Zaporizhzhia.
According to them, the occupiers are burning documents in the "city administration", and collaborators are hastily taking their families out. Local petrol stations have run out of petrol.
Evacuation notices have been posted throughout the village. Our correspondent sent a photo of the evacuation.
"There is no petrol at the petrol stations anymore, city administrations are burning documents, collaborators are hastily taking their families out. After Balitsky confirmed rumours of a mass evacuation, panic broke out in the occupied part of Zaporizhzhia region on Friday, although the announcements have been posted since Wednesday. Have they finally got it?" one reader wrote.
Another local resident said that the evacuation is taking place right now, late in the evening. Buses are parked in the centre of Mykhailivka, the occupiers are loading into them, and the "lying-in" are being taken out of hospitals.
"Evacuation is in full swing here. The buses are in the centre... they are taking the lying down from the hospital, the walking ones are being released," the eyewitness wrote.
As OBOZREVATEL previously reported, the occupiers are urgently organising evacuations in the Zaporizhzhia region. Yevgeny Balitsky, the invaders' appointed governor of the temporarily occupied part of Zaporizhzhia region, announced the "evacuation" of 18 settlements near the front line.
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