Hundreds, including children, evacuated in Sumy Oblast municipality as Russian shelling intensifies

Police officers helped to evacuate 26 children from the border Velykopysarivske municipality in Sumy Oblast
Police officers helped to evacuate 26 children from the border Velykopysarivske municipality in Sumy Oblast

A total of 190 people, including 26 children, were safely evacuated from the border municipality of Velykopysarivske in Sumy Oblast, Ukraine’s Internal Affairs Ministry reported on Telegram on March 16.

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Juvenile police officers and a municipality police officer facilitated the transportation of children from remote villages to the evacuation bus.

Upon arrival at safer locations, families were met by police officers who assisted in their resettlement and provided necessary supplies.

Sumy Regional State Administration said on March 15 that all residents from 22 settlements in the oblast were evacuated. In total, 4,523 individuals, including 829 children, were evacuated from border territories.

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The decision to evacuate was prompted by sustained Russian shelling of the municipality over five days (March 11-15), during which three people were killed and 13, including five children, were injured.

Volodymyr Artiukh, head of Sumy Regional Military Administration, reported on March 14 an alarming increase in shelling incidents in the oblast, located near the border with Russia. Within two days, the region experienced approximately 800 explosions, surpassing its typical six-month “norm.”

A Russian drone struck a residential building in Sumy overnight on March 13, killing two and injuring several more people, with three in critical condition.

Sumy declared mourning on March 14 and 15 for those killed in the Russian drone attack on March 13.

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