MOSCOW, November 4. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Friday that it was important to evacuate Kherson residents from the most dangerous areas.
"Now it is, of course, necessary to relocate those who live in Kherson from the most dangerous zone because civilians should not suffer from bombardments, from some offensive, counter-offensive and other measures related to military activities," the head of state said.
The Russian leader laid flowers together with participants in youth and volunteer organizations at the monument to Kuzma Minin and Dmitry Pozharsky on Moscow’s Red Square earlier on Friday on Russia’s Unity Day celebrated on November 4 and talked with young people.
Russian President laid flowers at the monument to Kuzma Minin and Dmitry Pozharsky, which opened after reconstruction on Moscow’s Red Square, on Russia’s Unity Day on Friday.
The president said earlier that at the beginning of the 17th century the country was on the verge of losing its sovereignty, but the people of Russia did not allow this, and, having united in a militia army led by Minin and Pozharsky, defended their homeland.
National Unity Day
National Unity Day is one of the youngest national holidays in Russia. It was established in 2005, replacing the Day of Accord and Reconciliation, which had been celebrated on November 7 since 1996.
Unity Day commemorates the events of 1612, when a militia army led by the merchant Kuzma Minin and Prince Dmitry Pozharsky liberated Moscow from Polish invaders.
An inflow of volunteers willing to join the Russian Armed Forces does not cease and the number of mobilized reservists has reached 318,000 men, President said during a talk with volunteers on Friday.
"We have already 318,000 [mobilized men]. Why do we have this figure of 318,000? This is because volunteers are joining the ranks. The number of volunteers does not cease," the head of state said.
As the Russian leader explained, of this number, 49,000 men have already joined troops and are accomplishing combat missions while all the rest are still undergoing training.
The Russian president said that all the mobilized men had their families, parents, wives and children. "Of course, the state is doing everything to support them. But when it comes from heart to heart, this is the most important support. This is the most reliable and effective one," the head of state said, commending volunteers for their assistance to the families of the mobilized men.