Evacuation from Donbass: situation as of February 19
Today, 100 refugees from Donbass are expected in the Rostov region
In the territory of Donbass not controlled by Ukraine, today, February 19, the evacuation of civilians to Russia continues. Recall it was announced yesterday by the "heads of the republics" Denis Pushilin and Leonid Pasechnik. As of morning, it was reported that more than 30 people had already left for Russia.
Klymenko Time continues to monitor the situation in Donbas. We collect all the important information on the topic. About how the evacuation went yesterday, can be read in this article.
People from Donbass were taken out all night. Some traveled by private transport. Started to form in the morning new columns of buses.
Also started today evacuate people by train. The media report that in the Rostov region, 6 trains of 10 wagons were prepared overnight to transport residents of the "LDNR".
All educational institutions officially stopped the educational process February 19th until further notice. Orphans ordered to be evacuated to Russia.
There were photos and videos of the evacuation of the population from Torez and Debaltseve.
"Deputy of the People's Council of the DPR" Anastasia Selivanova reportedthat the services of the "republic" and the Russian Federation at the border do not require a notarized power of attorney from parents to take the child out if he is traveling with other relatives.
"I called the hotlines of the DPR Ministry of State Security and the Russian Federal Security Service. They said that when evacuating residents of the DPR to Russia, they do not require a power of attorney at the moment. The main thing is that the child has an identity document," she explained.
According to her, children under 14 can travel with a birth certificate or passport. A child from 14 to 16 years old will be allowed to pass if they have a birth certificate, internal or international passport. Those who are 16-18 years old must present an internal or international passport.
Selivanova also noted that the border service of the FSB of the Russian Federation recommended that those who travel by personal transport cross the border through Novoazovsk (Veselo-Voznesenka) and Marinovka (Kuibyshevo). These checkpoints are now less busy.
All checkpoints in the Rostov region have been transferred only for entry into the Russian Federation. About it "Interfax" said the head of the border department of the FSB of Russia Sergey Kudryashov. According to him, the checkpoints have been transferred to a round-the-clock mode of operation.
Payments to refugees from Donbass will be transferred to accounts in Russian banks, said Elena Eliseeva, Minister of Labor and Social Development of the Rostov Region. Recall that by Putin’s decree, all people arriving from Donbass will receive 10 thousand rubles each (UAH 3).
"Payment, according to the Federal Treasury Department for the Rostov Region, can only be in a non-cash form. And in this regard, the South-Western branch of Sberbank proposes the following scheme: a citizen applies to a Sberbank branch to open a personal account. Moreover, he will be provided with social support," Eliseeva explained.
"Head of the DPR" Denis Pushilin visited one of the evacuation points in Donetsk. He is there said that the situation will be resolved soon"We'll do our best to make it happen." He also promised people that they would be returned home in the same organized manner as they were taken out.
"I hope that it's not for longbut safety is paramount. While there is an opportunity, we need to take out children and women - this is the first thing," - he said.
According to RIA News, at 10.00 (Moscow time) the border from Donbass to the Russian Federation was crossed 10 356 people - 4 citizens of the Russian Federation, 527 citizens of Ukraine, 5 foreigners.
According to Klymenko Time, the excitement at gas stations in the "DPR" has stopped, there are no queues. But people are in a hurry to withdraw money from cards. Queues in front of ATMs. Many no longer have banknotes. In the photo - a queue to an ATM in one of the shopping centers in Donetsk.
In Donesk stopped the movement of municipal vehicles. The buses were taken away for the evacuation of the population to Russia.
On information TG-channel "Donbass decides", near the checkpoint "Uspenka" there is no queue of buses with evacuees. At the border, they simplified and accelerated the inspection and control procedures as much as possible.
The "DPR" published train departure schedule to Russia. It is possible to evacuate by railway transport from three stations.
The authorities of the "LNR" evacuated to Russia more 13,5 thousand people. About it сообщил "Chairman of the Government of the Republic" Sergei Kozlov. According to him, people are taken 219 buses and one train. 650 people will leave for Russia by rail today. A total of 61 evacuation points were organized.
Local residents on social networks report that they are observed queues at pharmacies. People stock up on medicines.
Bank "DNR" has set a limit on cash withdrawals from ATMs. Per day, people will be able to take from the card no more than 10 rubles (UAH 000).
"I was not able to withdraw my salary from the card today. There is no money in ATMs. And where there are, there are huge queues. For example, near the bank building opposite the Mayor's Office of Makeevka - up to 200 people stood," - told Klymenko Time Makeevka Natalia.
In general, residents of Donetsk and Makiivka, with whom we talked, say that the atmosphere in the cities is calm. All the people we interviewed do not plan to evacuate.
"Today, as usual on weekends, we went to make a purchase of products for the week. The shelves in the stores are full. Everything is still there. Prices have not changed. We didn’t notice much excitement. Individual families buy a lot, it’s clear that they are in stock, but there are only a few of them. ", - shared Alexey from Donetsk.
“There is a problem with gasoline. I couldn’t fill up the car. At state gas stations, only special services transport and the one that takes people to Russia serve. - said Maxim from Makeyevka.
“There is practically the same amount of traffic on the roads as it was before the announced evacuation. Well, if you’re really picking on it, maybe 10% less. We went to Galaktika (the former Epicenter, - ed.), There are a lot of people, but there is no excitement. Nobody buys canisters and matches. Everyone walks calmly, makes household purchases. There are a lot of cars in the parking lot, they shot a video to show that people do not leave the city en masse," - said Tatyana from Makeyevka.
Residents of Donetsk continue announce an evacuation by loudspeaker.
In "LNR" they also say about the excitement at gas stations and near ATMs. At the same time, the "authorities" claim that there is enough gasoline to meet demand.
It is reported that the cash collection service is operating normally and replenishes ATMs. In the "LPR", unlike the "DPR", limits on cash withdrawals have not yet been introduced.
The State Bank of the Lugansk People's Republic reports that it is currently provided with the necessary amount of funds to load ATMs. The bank's cash collection service is operating normally. Loading of ATMs is carried out on an ongoing basis," - The financial institution said in a statement.
Klymenko Time continues to monitor what is happening in the Donbass. All relevant information as of the afternoon of February 19 publish in this article.
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