The Ukrainian authorities have confirmed this Wednesday a agreement with Russia for a ceasefire between 9:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. (local time) to evacuate civilians through six humanitarian corridors from the capital, Kiev, and other locations in the European country. The Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Irina Vereshchuk has pointed out that Kiev “has received a message from Russia about the approval of the proposed routes” by the Ukrainian authorities, before revealing that the Government has contacted the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to carry out evacuations. Thus, he has detailed that one of the humanitarian corridors will go from the towns of Bucha, Hostomel, Irpin and Vorzel, in the Kiev district, to the capital through Belgorodka and Stoyanka.
The second will connect Energodar close to the largest nuclear power plant in Europe – with Zaporizhiawhile the third will connect Sumy with Poltava. On the other hand, the other three humanitarian corridors will go from Mariupol to Zaporizhiafrom Volnovakha to Pokrovsk and of Raisins to Lozova, as reported by the Ukrainian news portal Ukrinform. These last two towns are in the Kharkov region, one of the most affected by the Russian military offensive.
“I appeal to Russia: they have made a formal public commitment to a ceasefire between 9:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. We have had a negative experience when the commitments did not work,” Vereshchuk said. hours before, the Russian authorities they had announced the opening of humanitarian corridors in the capital and other cities of the country, amid Ukraine’s complaints about Moscow’s unwillingness to allow evacuations in these locations in the midst of the war. According to information collected by the Russian news agency TASS, the humanitarian corridors have opened at 9:00 a.m. in Kiev, Chernigov, Kharkov, Mariupol and Sumy, after the Ukrainian authorities confirmed effective evacuations in the latter city.
Russia was heavily criticized for setting up humanitarian corridors leading into Russian territory.
The Sumy corridor, through which some 5,000 people successfully passed who managed to flee on Tuesday, has opened on Wednesday for the second consecutive day. The mayor of the town, Oleksandr Lysenko, has reported that citizens are leaving the city even in their own vehicles.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.