The acting Ukrainian CoS told the SMM that the evacuation of civilians from Debaltseve had started as planned in the morning that day. According to him a column of approximately 30 vehicles (25 buses and some accompanying cars) had been brought in from government-controlled Artemivsk (66km north of Donetsk). .. The SMM followed approximately 50 buses coming from Donetsk and Kramatorsk, which, after entering Debaltseve, collected civilians at assembly points in the city. Those who wanted to leave the city were given the choice between two destinations. The buses that were bound for areas within “DPR” had about 40 people on board, whereas about 766 people were leaving to government-controlled territory, according to figures provided by the JCCC.