Around 4,500 civilians, including 48 children, still remain in Bakhmut, despite Russian forces assaulting the city and the authorities urging people to evacuate. Tetiana Ignatchenko, the spokeswoman for the Donetsk Regional Military Administration, told this to CNN.
"About 4,500 civilians remain in Bakhmut. Including 48 children who cannot be evacuated because they live in places that are no longer accessible," she said.
Tetiana Ignatchenko urged people to evacuate due to the danger.
"There is food, water, and medicine in the city. People were provided with everything in advance. Still, everyone has to leave. The situation is extremely dangerous for civilians," she said.
Ignatchenko’s call to those still in Bakhmut comes as Russian forces continue to make incremental gains in the city.
Context. The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that the enemy keeps advancing on the Bakhmut axis. Russian troops don’t cease to storm the city of Bakhmut. Ukrainian forces say they are holding their positions and have repelled a number of Russian assaults.