A thousand people have been evacuated and placed in temporary accommodation from the frontline territories in the southern Ukrainian region of Zaporizhzhia region, according to Yevgeniy Balitskiy, the Russia-appointed head of the local administration.
Balitskiy said in a statement that he had visited the temporary accommodation where the "first thousand" people have been accommodated, adding that "buses keep arriving, people are also getting here in their cars," in an update on Sunday.
The people who have been evacuated include children of primary school age.
Balitskiy claimed that the evacuees "have everything they need: food, a place to sleep, constant contact and consultation with specialists."
Russia controls much of the Zaporizhzhia region and it could be a target for Ukraine should it launch its heavily anticipated counteroffensive.