"We have only approximate data from our sources in the occupied territories. It is almost impossible to contact people after enforced deportation. They [Russians] take away mobile phones and control the further stay of people in Russia. According to various sources, about a thousand [people have been deported]. Not more. We do not have a mass departure," Head of the Kharkiv Regional Military Administration Oleh Synehubov told LIGA.net in an interview.
As noted, the invaders put pressure on the population and do not allow to open humanitarian corridors.
"Their goal is to demoralize the local population and make filtration corridors towards Russia. They bring people to despair, block the delivery of humanitarian aid, block evacuation. And afterward they say that people can save themselves only through filtration corridors towards Russia," said the Head of the Kharkiv Regional Military Administration.
According to Synehubov, 438 people have been killed in the region. Almost 30 of them are children. 90% of people were killed in airstrikes, attacks from Grad, Smerch systems, missile, mortar, artillery strikes.
"But this is not the final data. Unfortunately, the losses are larger. If we talk about the building of the [Kharkiv] Regional State Administration, which was destroyed in early March, we have been removing the bodies for almost a month," the official said.
On February 24, Russian president Putin declared war on Ukraine and launched a large-scale invasion. Russian troops shell and destroy infrastructure, massively fire on residential areas of Ukrainian cities, towns, and villages using artillery, MLRS, and ballistic missiles.
Martial law was imposed in Ukraine and general mobilization was announced.