The elderly and those who were harmed by Russian shelling, according to deputy prime minister Iryna Vereshchuk, would be evacuated first.
Iryna Vereshchuk, the deputy prime minister of Ukraine, announced that the country will start evacuating people who want to leave Kherson, a recently liberated city in the south, and its surrounding areas. She cited Russian forces’ damage to infrastructure as the reason, saying that it had made life very difficult for residents.
The announcement of the evacuation coincided with reports that Russian missiles had attacked an oil depot in Kherson on Saturday evening, according to officials. This was the first time a fuel storage facility had been attacked in the city since Russia withdrew more than a week ago.
A number of people have expressed a desire to leave Kherson and the vicinity of Mykolaiv, which is located approximately 65 kilometers (40 miles) to the northwest, according to Vereshchuk on Saturday.
When asked when the evacuations from Kherson would start, she responded, “This is feasible in the next few days,” during a televised press conference in Mykolaiv.
The government, according to Vereshchuck, had already taken the required steps to prepare for the evacuation. The elderly and others who had been harmed by Russian shelling were among those who wished to flee, she claimed.
“This evacuation is entirely optional. We are not now discussing compulsory evacuation, Vereshchuk stated.
“However, the state is in charge of providing transportation even in cases of voluntary evacuation. It is necessary to get people to the location where they would spend the winter, she said.
She noted that the government has a number of evacuation alternatives, one of which was to transport people to Mykolaiv as a transit city before sending them further west into safer regions of the nation.
Vereshchuk stated in August that Ukraine intended to increase the number of front-line districts where evacuations of civilians would be required due to the possibility of occupation and the potential for heating issues throughout the winter in Ukraine.
The Associated Press news agency was informed on Saturday that two missiles had struck a gasoline store in Kherson.
An apparent short video released on Twitter by Anton Gerashchenko, a government adviser and a former deputy minister of Ukraine’s interior ministry, appears to show dense smoke billowing after significant explosions were reported in Kherson on Saturday.
He wrote, “Russia continues its daily horror.”
Local media report powerful explosions in Kherson.
Russian shelling caused a fire.
Russia continues its daily terror.
Kherson was just liberated, there's still no water and electricity. Russia had added shelling to that. People have already been through so much. pic.twitter.com/wILWxYkdJO
— Anton Gerashchenko (@Gerashchenko_en) November 19, 2022
Ukrainian authorities have accused Russian troops of destroying Kherson’s critical infrastructure before retreating earlier this month.
Local authorities also told the Associated Press that when Russian forces left the Kherson city area, they stole fire trucks and ambulances, and firefighters said they were now scrambling for resources to respond to missile and other attacks.
In an effort to freeze the populace into submission and drive millions of Ukrainians to migrate westward, causing a refugee problem for the European Union, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and other authorities have accused Russia of trying to destabilize the country by destroying power plants.
Despite the continued Russian assaults on the nation’s infrastructure for producing electricity, the Ukraine’s energy ministry stated on Saturday that the country’s electricity supply were under control.
Nearly half of Ukraine’s electricity infrastructure has been crippled by Russian missile attacks, and Kyiv authorities warned on Friday that the capital’s power grid may completely shut down.
The energy ministry issued a statement saying, “We assure you that the situation with the electricity supply is challenging but under control.
According to the ministry, authorities have planned blackouts across the nation to aid in the restoration effort and have urged people to reduce their energy use by at least 25%.
The largest private energy business in the nation, DTEK, and its CEO, Maxim Timchenko, urged citizens not to leave the country since the military, the energy sector, and ordinary Ukrainians were doing wonders to keep supplies flowing.
He was quoted as saying on Saturday that “there is no need to leave Ukraine today” in a corporate statement.
The first train to go from Kyiv to Kherson in nine months arrived in the city on Saturday as well; the train had left the Ukrainian capital on Friday night and was only made possible by the Russian pullout.
According to Ukrzaliznytsia, the state rail company of Ukraine, 200 passengers rode the train, known as the “Train to Victory,” which was decorated by Ukrainian artists in a variety of styles. The sale of tickets was a component of the fundraising effort.