The Ministry of Transport of Russia is ready to take out everyone from the south of Russia by rail and road, RIA Novosti reports.

“The available transport resources are sufficient to carry out the planned activities. All necessary assistance on the ground will be provided. All necessary services are involved in the work, including volunteers. Specific decisions will be announced additionally,” the ministry said.

On February 24, the Federal Air Transport Agency announced the suspension of 12 airports in southern Russia: in Rostov, Krasnodar, Anapa, Gelendzhik, Elista, Stavropol, Belgorod, Bryansk, Orel, Kursk, Voronezh and Simferopol. The restriction will be in effect from 03:45 Moscow time on February 24 to 03:45 Moscow time on March 2. Russian Railways plans to increase the number of trains from the southern cities of Russia, including from Adler, Anapa, Novorossiysk and Sochi.

On February 18, the head of the DPR, Denis Pushilin, and the head of the LPR, Leonid Pasechnik, addressed citizens and announced an evacuation to Russia. The Rostov region, as well as a number of other regions where refugees are sent for accommodation, have introduced a state of emergency.

On the morning of February 24, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a special military operation in the Donbass. The Russian Defense Ministry stated that they did not strike at the cities of Ukraine. The ministry said it had suppressed the country’s air defenses. Martial law has been introduced in Ukraine. President of the Republic Volodymyr Zelensky called on the West to “force Russia to peace” and impose additional sanctions against it. New tough measures against the country have already been announced by the US and the EU.

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