• March 7, 2022
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Ukraine: Russia Once Again Thwarted the Opening of Humanitarian Corridors

Russia once again thwarted the opening of humanitarian corridors to evacuate civilians from the surrounded cities in the Kyiv, Kharkiv, Donetsk, and Kherson regions – the Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced on Monday in a statement published on Facebook.

“The armed forces of the Russian Federation are continuing the rocket attacks and bombing of Kyiv, Mariupol, Volnovakha, Sumy, Mykolaiv, Kharkiv, and other towns, which prevent the safe departure of humanitarian convoys with citizens of Ukraine and other countries, as well as the supply of medicines and food” – reads the statement.

At the same time, the ministry emphasized that evacuation of the population through humanitarian corridors is possible only under the condition of compliance with the ceasefire, to which the Ukrainian side is ready.

“We also consider unacceptable the attempts of Moscow to force civilians from the surrounded cities to leave for the territory of the Russian Federation and Belarus, given the high probability of provocations, in particular taking the evacuees as hostages or using them as live shields by the Russian army” – emphasized the Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The ministry called on the countries that are in contact with the Russian President to make every effort to persuade the Russian Federation to conclude a ceasefire in order to open humanitarian corridors and prevent a large-scale humanitarian catastrophe.

Based on own information/ BNS/ PAP/ wnp.pl

 

Translated by Marta Graban within the framework of a traineeship programme of the European Foundation of Human Rights, www.efhr.eu.

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