Ukraine responds to Russia's accusations on humanitarian corridors

Ukraine responds to Russia
# 07 March 2022 18:53 (UTC +04:00)

In violation of the previously reached agreements, on March 7 the Russian Federation yet again sabotaged the opening of the humanitarian corridors for evacuation of a civil population in besieged cities of Kyiv, Kharkiv, Donetsk, and Kherson regions, APA reports citing the statement of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry.

Russia's armed forces continue bombing and rocket attacks on Kyiv, Mariupol, Volnovakha, Symy, Mykolayiv, Kharkiv, and other cities, towns, and villages. This makes the safe exit of humanitarian convoys carrying Ukrainian and foreign citizens, and the delivery of medications and food impossible.

Russia must stop violating the agreement, put an end to spreading disinformation and manipulating the lives of civilians. Evacuation through humanitarian corridors is only possible when a ceasefire regime is fully implemented. The Ukrainian side is ready for that.

We also consider as inappropriate any attempts by Moscow to make civilians in besieged cities flee to the territory of Russia and Belarus, taking into account the high probability of provocations, in particular taking those evacuated as hostages or using them by Russian armed forces as human shields.

Ukraine calls on the states, in particular those whose leaders maintain contacts with president Putin, to make all the possible efforts to force Russia to ensure a ceasefire regime in order to open humanitarian corridors and prevent a large-scale humanitarian catastrophe.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine further remains in constant contact with Embassies of foreign states whose citizens are in the warfare areas and provides them with maximum facilitation for the evacuation of their citizens through the territory of Ukraine.