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No need to evacuate entire Belgorod Region — senior lawmaker

Evacuation is underway in some areas, Yury Vorobyev said

MOSCOW, October 19. /TASS/. It is not necessary to evacuate the population of the whole Belgorod Region, Russian Federation Council Deputy Speaker Yury Vorobyev told reporters on Wednesday.

"I don’t think so. Evacuation is underway in some areas. Among them are the villages and settlements located very close to the border. People have been relocated from them to other places for safety [reasons]. But on the whole, of course not," Vorobyev said when asked if it is possible that the Belgorod region will have to evacuate civilians in the same way as the Kherson region is doing now.

Acting Kherson Region Governor Vladimir Saldo announced earlier that civilians who live on the right bank of the Dnieper River in the Kherson Region would be evacuated to its left bank due to the threat of flooding, which could be triggered by a Ukrainian military strike on the Kakhovka Hydroelectric Power Plant. Saldo warned that Ukraine "is accumulating substantial forces near Nikolayev and Krivoy Rog." According to the acting governor, the decision to relocate local residents was also due to the construction "of massive defensive fortifications so that any attack can be repelled.".