MOSCOW, March 15. /TASS/. More than 11,000 people were evacuated from dangerous areas in Ukraine and the Donetsk and Lugansk people’s republics over the past day, said Colonel General Mikhail Mizintsev, head of the Russian National Center for Defense Management.
"Despite all the obstacles created by the nationalist battalions and the official Kiev to the evacuation of citizens, 11,372 people, including 1,873 children, were evacuated from the dangerous zones of various regions of Ukraine, as well as the Lugansk and Donetsk people's republics without the involvement of the Ukrainian side over the past day," he said. "In total, since the start of the special military operation it has been 258,791 people, including 56,180 children."
The Russian border, he said, was crossed by 1,368 personal cars, bringing the total to 29,291.
On February 24 Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a special military operation in response to a request for help by the heads of the Donbass republics. He stressed that Moscow had no plans of occupying Ukrainian territories, but aims to demilitarize and de-Nazify the country. The Russian Defense Ministry said that Russian troops are not targeting Ukrainian cities, but are incapacitating Ukrainian military infrastructure.