Vereshchuk sent this message to the population of that area of Ukraine in the information program that is shared daily by all Ukrainian televisions, according to local agencies.
The regions of Kherson and Zaporizhia, where Europe’s largest nuclear power plant is located, were partially occupied by the Russians shortly after their country began the invasion of Ukraine on February 24.
Both regions are neighbors of the Crimean peninsula – occupied by the Russians in 2014 – and in some of its cities, the invading troops have already implemented administrations related to Moscow.
Now “it is necessary (that they evacuate them) so that the armed forces do not endanger the civilian population during offensive operations,” the government official explained. “I call on citizens to leave in any direction, including through occupied Crimea,” he added.
In addition, Vereshchuk reported that approximately 30% of the population of the Russian-occupied regions does not overcome the so-called “leakage process carried out by the invaders”, in a veiled reference to these citizens being eliminated.
“The Russians take people they consider dangerous to the basements,” and they are mostly men, the deputy prime minister added, although she did not give more details about these events.
The Regional Council of Kherson has also urged in recent hours the residents of the region to leave the territory captured by the enemy, and those who cannot, to hide in shelters and stockpile food and water.