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Russian human rights activists urge evacuation of civilians from Donetsk

Yelizaveta Glinka, head of the Fair Aid foundation, says two safety corridors should be created - one for the evacuation of civilians from the areas of hostilities and the other for delivering medical supplies to the city

Earlier reports said fighter planes had again appeared over the city. Ukraine’s law-enforcers blocked all exits from Donetsk and did not even let passenger buses leave the area of military operation.

Meanwhile, the city scrambled to evacuate schools and all the housing and public utilities departments were ordered to prepare bomb shelters in case of active fighting and bombings.

Denis Pushilin, the chairman of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) Supreme Council presidium, told ITAR-TASS that more than 50 militiamen and 20-50 civilians have died since Ukrainian law enforcers launched the active phase of their military operation in Donetsk on Monday, May 26.