Twelve people who were hiding in the shelter of the Avdiivka Coke Plant were evacuated to a safer region.

This was stated by the head of the Avdiivka city military administration, Vitaliy Barabash, Suspilne reports.

According to Barabash, these 12 people have come to the plant's shelter since the beginning of Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine and asked for shelter.

"There were 12 people left, these were civilians, some of them worked in contractors who worked at the coke plant under a contract. They knew what kind of shelters there were, and that's why they asked," he said.

According to Vitaliy Barabash, it was very difficult to persuade them, they did not want to leave.

"After the withdrawal, for a month, perhaps, since all the workers of the coke plant were taken out, these people refused to evacuate from the plant and stayed. At first there were 17 of them, then we persuaded three, then two. As of yesterday, there were 12 of them, now we have managed to persuade everyone, all of them have been taken out," he said.

According to the head of the MVA, people are in Pokrovsk.

"Some of them will go further, some will stay in the Donetsk region. As they wish," he said.

Psychologists are currently working with the evacuees.

"It's better not to touch them now. These are nine men and three women," Barabash said.

Barabash also said that the police, volunteers and employees of Avdiivka Coke took part in the evacuation of people.

On December 4, the Avdiivka City Military Administration found out that a 12-year-old boy, who was hiding from evacuation by his parents, had left the city.

"We found this family with a boy, they left. His parents hid a 12-year-old boy from evacuation for about four months, the same amount of time they did not receive humanitarian aid. There is not a single child in Avdiivka," Barabash said.

Recall that General in reserve Mykola Malomuzh said that the capture of Avdiivka is not strategically important for the Russians. Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the occupiers to surround the city by December 15. However, this decision has a political context.