Kiev announced that no humanitarian corridors for the evacuation of civilians will be used today (28) to avoid “possible Russian provocations”, ahead of a new in-person session of negotiations between the Russian and Ukrainian delegations in Turkey.
“Our intelligence services have warned about possible provocations on the routes of humanitarian corridors, therefore, for reasons of safety for civilians, no humanitarian corridors will be open today,” Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk said in a telegram message. .
Humanitarian corridors are usually organized each day, starting from the cities most affected by the fighting, to allow for the evacuation of civilians.
Ukraine has repeatedly denounced Russian attacks on these corridors, especially around the besieged and devastated southern city of Mariupol.
Two corridors for the evacuation of citizens from the Dombass region were created on Sunday, according to the Ukrainian news agency Unian, and about 1,000 people have already been transferred to safe territory.
Initially, work was planned to continue today on the Mariupol evacuation route and the opening of a corridor in the Sumy region.
“We continue to work on agreements to open other routes for humanitarian corridors,” Vereshchuk said in a video message released yesterday.
On February 24, Russia launched a military offensive in Ukraine that killed at least 1,119 civilians, including 139 children, and injured 1,790, including 200 children, according to the latest UN data, which warns of the likelihood that the number real number of civilian casualties is much higher.
The war caused the flight of 10 million people, including more than 3.8 million refugees in neighboring countries and almost 6.5 million internally displaced people.
The UN estimates that around 13 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance in Ukraine.
The Russian invasion was condemned by the international community, which responded by sending weapons to Ukraine and tightening economic and political sanctions on Moscow.
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