The evacuation of civilians from around the city of Kupiansk in northern Ukraine continues amid intense Russian artillery fire and air strikes, according to Ukrainian officials, APA reports citing Kyivpost.
Russian forces are as close as 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) to Kupiansk, a city on the river Oskil recaptured by the Ukrainians last September.
"We continue evacuating people from the frontline communities of Kupiansk district on a daily basis with strong support from volunteers," Oleh Syniehubov, the head of Kharkiv region military administration, said Monday.
Evacuees are provided with accommodation and humanitarian supplies, he said.
The official said 30 people, including five children and one person with a disability, were evacuated from the villages amid shelling on August 20 and 21. A total of 556 people have been evacuated since August 9, including 148 children, Syniehubov added.
Ukrainian officials say that defense forces have been able to prevent the Russians making any meaningful advances east of Kupiansk.