Ukraine says Russian occupation authorities are evacuating family members from Crimea and southern Ukraine

Militares russos em Kherson: segundo informe de Kyiv, Moscou está tentando impedir o acesso a informações sobre a contraofensiva ucraniana no sul do país
Russian military in Kherson: according to Kyiv report, Moscow is trying to prevent access to information about the Ukrainian counteroffensive in the south of the country| Photo: EFE/EPA/Ministry of Defense of Russia

The Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine released this Tuesday (08) a report that points out that Russian occupation authorities in the Crimean peninsula and in southern Ukraine are promoting an emergency departure for their families to Russia.

According to the statement, this relocation would be the result of “successful actions by the defenders of Ukraine” in the region. Crimea was annexed by Russia in 1200, in a process that is not recognized by most of the international community. Other areas of southern Ukraine, such as Kherson and Zaporizhzhia, were invaded from the beginning of the war triggered by Moscow in February this year.

In Crimea, recent attacks indicated an expansion of the Ukrainian capacity to harm invaders. In the other southern regions, Ukrainian troops have been carrying out a counter-offensive, as well as in Kharkiv, in the east, where Ukraine is also managing to regain territory.

According to the Ukrainian intelligence report, “representatives of the Crimean occupation administration, FSB officials and commanders of some military units are secretly trying to sell their homes and urgently remove their relatives from the peninsula.”

The statement added that, at the same time, the Russians “banned the conclusion of agreements for the purchase and sale of housing [entre a população local], established restrictions on movement across the Crimean bridge and are trying to in any way prevent access to information about the counter-offensive actions of the defenders of Ukraine.”

Ukrainian military intelligence closed the report with a warning that “all war criminals will be exposed and prosecuted for crimes against the civilian population of Ukraine”.

The state agency Ukrinform reported that by Monday () the Ukrainian forces had managed to advance kilometers in Russian-controlled territory ia in southern Ukraine and release 13 settlements.

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