Ukraine has announced the opening of a humanitarian corridor to evacuate the civilian population Sumyin the northeast of the country, reported the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for the Reintegration of the Temporarily Occupied Territories, Iryna Vereshchuk.
“A ceasefire was agreed along the route from 09:00 local time (07:00 GMT),” he indicated in a video message, adding that the corridor will be open until 21:00 local time (19:00 GMT) and the journey will be made between Sumy, Golubivka, Lojvitsa, Lubny and Poltava.
“No other route has been agreed upon,” stressed Vereshchuk, who maintained that the opening of the corridor for Sumy has been notified by the Russian Ministry of Defense to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).
On Monday, Ukraine had described “unacceptable” Russia’s intention to open humanitarian corridors in the cities of Kiev, Khartov, Sumi and Mariupol but with the condition that these routes go to Russian territory. “On two occasions the Russians blocked the opening of humanitarian corridors by bombing the convoy route,” Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk wrote on her Telegram account in the morning. “Now that they can open the corridors, but they want the civilians to go to Russian territory, which is absurd, cynical and unacceptable“, he added, before asking his citizens to attend only to the information published by the Ukrainian authorities through official channels.
In Sumy, Several houses have been destroyed by Russian bombardments in the early hours of Monday in the city center, leaving at least ten dead, including children, as confirmed by the head of the Sumy Regional State Administration, Dimitro Zhivitskii. “It has been completely wiped off the face of the earth. These are private houses. Unfortunately, there are victims. Among them are children,” he said, as confirmed by the Ukrainian news agencies Ukrinform and Unian.
Zhivitskii has reported through his official Facebook profile that there have also been bombings in residential areas in bititsia and Okhtirka. The State Emergency Service of Ukraine, as well as different doctors, would be evaluating the situation and working on the ground to put out the fires and help the injured.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.