Russia ordered civilians to leave a swath of Ukraine along the eastern bank of a major river, a significant extension of an evacuation order that Kyiv says amounts to the forced depopulation of occupied territory.
Russia had previously ordered civilians out of a pocket it controls on the west bank of the the Dnipro River, where Ukrainian forces have been advancing to capture the city of Kherson.
Russian-installed officials said on Tuesday they were now extending that order to a 15-kilometre buffer zone along the east bank as well.
Ukraine says the evacuations include forced deportations from occupied territory, a war crime. Russia, which claims to have annexed the area, says it is taking
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