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JDC evacuates 300 Jews from Ukrainian city of Chernihiv to Moldova

Sue Surkes is The Times of Israel's environment reporter.

Ukrainian Jews are evacuated from the city of Chernihiv. (Courtesy, JDC)
Ukrainian Jews are evacuated from the city of Chernihiv. (Courtesy, JDC)

The Joint Distribution Committee evacuates 300 Jews from the Ukrainian city of Chernihiv and takes them over the border with Moldova to Chisinau.

A spokesman says the situation was so bad that the buses could not move around Chernihiv and local teams had to pick up each person, among them elderly people with limited mobility. The convoy was escorted to the city’s exit by the local authorities.

Two vans also collect 33 people in the city of Kharkiv and take them to Poltava in central Ukraine before crossing into Moldova.

A JDC spokesman says, “both convoys faced treacherous conditions, including bombardment and ruined infrastructure, and had to change routes several times, taking dirt roads and indirect paths to reach their destinations. These groups were in constant touch with JDC’s situation room in Jerusalem, staff in Ukraine, and in surrounding countries, to coordinate these rescue operations.”

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