In March 2022, Russia began a full-scale invasion of Ukraine, leading to an ongoing conflict that has resulted in tens of thousands of deaths and displacements of civilians. The news article you are referring to reports a specific event during the ongoing war.
According to the article, on May 7th, 2023, Russia evacuated the town of Energodar near the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant, located in southeastern Ukraine, following a warning of an imminent Ukrainian military strike. This evacuation caused “mad panic” among the town’s residents, who had just a few hours to gather their belongings and flee their homes.
The Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant is Ukraine’s largest nuclear power facility, located just 200 km (125 miles) from the front lines of the ongoing conflict. The Ukrainian military has accused Russia of targeting the power plant as part of its military strategy, with the potential for a nuclear disaster if the plant is damaged. Russia denies these allegations.
The evacuation of Energodar is just one example of the ongoing impact the conflict has on civilians in the region. Tens of thousands have been displaced by the fighting, with many forced to flee their homes and seek refuge elsewhere. The conflict has also caused significant damage to infrastructure, including homes, hospitals, schools, and other critical facilities.
The international community has been working to resolve the conflict and bring an end to the violence, with diplomatic efforts ongoing. However, the situation remains volatile and unpredictable, with the potential for further escalation and damage to the lives and well-being of civilians in the region.