Authorities in the eastern Ukrainian town of Avdiivka say the number of people willing to evacuate has increased as it comes under "almost non-stop" fire.
Up to 14 rockets hit the town every day and "someone dies every day," said Donetsk region police, who are helping with evacuations.
In recent days a kindergarten and farm were destroyed, said police, adding that five children remain in the town.
Vitalii Barabash, the head of Avdiivka military administration, said that starting on Sunday, the town’s utilities will begin to be shut off as “more and more of the town is shelled and destroyed daily.”
"The town is being wiped off the face of the earth," said Barabash.
Some context: Avdiivka is near the besieged city of Bakhmut in eastern Ukraine and has also come under sustained attack by Russian forces.
On Sunday, a Ukrainian soldier also said that the situation in Avdiivka continues to be "difficult," as Russian forces have increased the number of airstrikes and have been able to cut off some supply routes.
Avdiivka is located about 25 kilometers (15 miles) north of the city of Donetsk.