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DONETSK, June 01 /ITAR-TASS/. Several hundreds of people gathered here for a rally demanding protection for their children against violent actions by the Ukrainian authorities on Sunday, the International Children’s Day, a spokesman for the newly formed Donetsk People’s Republic told Itar-Tass.
Participants carried slogans “Save the Children of Donbass!” [Donbass in the name of a coal-bearing area comprising Ukraine’s southeastern Donetsk region], “The Slavic World without Fascism,” “Protect the Children of Donbass against the Ukrainian Army.”
Earlier on Sunday, the press service of the republic told Itar-Tass that the authorities of the Donetsk People’s Republic planned to evacuate to Russia another group of children from the town of Slavyansk, which is surrounded by the Ukrainian forces. “Children will evacuated in one or two busses, which will go firth to Donetsk and then to Russia, where the children will be accommodated at summer camps and holiday centres,” the press service said.
Several dozens of children have already been evacuated from the area where the Ukrainian authorities are carrying out a punitive operation. The Ukrainian law enforcers however stopped one of such groups at a Slavyansk suburb not letting it out of the town.