Russia-Ukraine war: drone hits Russia’s Black Sea fleet HQ; Zelenskiy urges civilians to leave Donetsk – latest updates

Sevastopol cancels Navy Day festivities after drone attack that injures five; Zelenskiy says hundreds of thousands of people must evacuate Donetsk to avoid falling into enemy hands

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Ukraine’s deputy prime minister, Iryna Vereshchuk, has said the evacuation of people from the eastern Donetsk region needs to take place before winter begins since the region’s natural gas supplies have been destroyed.

She was quoted by domestic Ukrainian media outlets while, separately, President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said his government was ordering the mandatory evacuation in Donetsk, the scene of fierce fighting with Russia.

The more people leave [the] Donetsk region now, the fewer people the Russian army will have time to kill.

Many refuse to leave but it still needs to be done.

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