The Russian military has announced the establishment of daily evacuation corridors from war zones in Ukraine to Russia. “We officially declare that the humanitarian corridors in the direction of the Russian Federation (…) will now unilaterally open every day from 10:00 am (8:00 am CET),” Col. General Mikhail Mizintsev.
In addition, Moscow offered the Ukrainian side the evacuation of civilians from Kyiv, Sumy, Kharkiv, Mariupol and Chernihiv to other Ukrainian regions, he said.
Kiev must accept the relevant routes before 3:00 am Moscow time (1:00 am CET) on Friday morning. In addition, craftsmen in the Schytomyr region must have access to the former Chernobyl nuclear power plant so they can repair damaged power lines, Moscow said.
According to observers, the humanitarian situation is now catastrophic, particularly in the port city of Mariupol on the Sea of Azov. Several attempts to get people to safety have failed in recent days. Russia and Ukraine blamed each other for sabotaging civilian sorties and breaking agreed ceasefires.
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According to Ukrainian sources, more than 60,000 people have been taken from the cities of Sumy, Trostianets and Krasnopillya in the last two days. About 20,000 people were evacuated from cities in the Kiev region on Wednesday.
The Russian military reported that more than 187,000 people had already been brought to Russia from Ukrainian cities. Moscow had already started evacuating Russian civilians from Donbass before the invasion of Ukraine began. (dpa)