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Kremlin rejects comparisons of evacuation from new Russian regions to ‘deportation’

The evacuation from new territories is being conducted in the Kherson Region

MOSCOW, November 18. /TASS/. Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov disapproved of remarks that the evacuation of residents from some new Russian territories to the country’s interior is "akin to deportation."

"We disagree with this," he said, replying to a request for comment on such statements made by Kiev.

The Kremlin official also reacted to reports that during evacuation some children may have been separated from their parents. "I am unaware about any separation from parents or that some children were evacuated separately," he noted.

That said, according to Peskov, it is necessary to consider the situation on a case-by-case basis. He pointed out that some children’s parents were killed or were not around at a certain moment. Putin’s press secretary noted that the Children's Rights Commissioner for the Russian President Maria Lvova-Belova is handling each particular situation.

The evacuation from new territories is being conducted in the Kherson Region. Civilians are being relocated from the Dnieper’s right bank to its left bank due to the threat of flooding which may occur if Ukrainian troops strike the Kakhovskaya hydroelectric power plant.

Russian Human Rights Commissioner Tatiana Moskalkova said that information that people evacuated from the special military operation’s zone were allegedly held in Russia by force was false. The ombudswoman stressed that her office provides assistance to those wishing to go abroad.