Ukraine to open 3 humanitarian corridors for civilians in besieged areas
Lviv, Ukraine, Mar 29 (EFE).- Ukraine and Russia have agreed to establish three humanitarian corridors to evacuate residents in besieged areas, Ukrainian deputy prime minister, Iryna Vereshchuk, said Tuesday.
The first passage will allow civilians in the contested port city of Mariupol to flee toward Zaporizhzhia city.
Thirty-four buses are due to arrive in the besieged city by nightfall, Vereshchuk wrote on Telegram.
The Mariupol municipal council said the buses were expected to reach Mariupol on Tuesday but the evacuation process would not start until Wednesday morning for “security reasons”.
So far, more than 75,000 residents have been transported to Zaporizhzhia, where they have been accommodated and provided with basic necessities.
A humanitarian aid convoy is also set to transfer civilians out of the besieged city of Melitopol toward Zaporizhzhia.
Russian forces deposed Melitopol mayor and appointed Galina Danilchenkopro in replacement.
The third escape corridor will take place from the southern city of Enerhodar, which is also under Russian siege.
On Monday, Vereshchuk said Ukraine did not plan to open humanitarian corridors due to “possible provocations” from Russia.EFE