MOSCOW, April 18. /TASS/. More than 12,000 people, including more than 1,700 children, were evacuated from dangerous regions in Ukraine, and from the Lugansk and Donetsk People’s Republics to Russia during the day, Mikhail Mizintsev, chief of Russia’s National Defense Management Center, said on Monday.
"Despite the difficulties and obstacles created by Kiev, during the day, as many as 12,066 people, including 1,715 children, were evacuated from dangerous zones in various Ukrainian regions, and from the Lugansk and Donetsk People’s Republics to Russia," he said. "Since the beginning of the special military operation, more than 863,676 people, including 158,172 children, have been evacuated."
According to Mizintsev, who heads the Russian Joint Coordination Headquarters for Humanitarian Response in Ukraine, 976 private cars crossed the Russian border on Monday and nearly 114,060 since the beginning of the operation.