Opening of humanitarian corridors in Kyiv, Kharkiv, Mariupol and Sumy is expected today

The Russian Ministry of Defense announced a temporary ceasefire from 9 am on March 7. Humanitarian corridors for the evacuation of civilians will be opened in Kyiv, Kharkov, Mariupol and Sumy.

With reference to the Russian Defense Ministry, a temporary ceasefire is reported by Interfax. The Russian interdepartmental headquarters for humanitarian response in Ukraine reported that such a decision was made taking into account the humanitarian situation and at the personal request of the President of France to the President of Russia:

“Given the catastrophic humanitarian situation and its sharp aggravation in the cities of Kyiv, Kharkov, Sumy and Mariupol, as well as at the personal request of the President of the French Republic Emmanuel Macron to the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin, the Russian Armed Forces for humanitarian purposes from 10.00 (Moscow time) on March 7 2022 they announce a “silence regime” and open humanitarian corridors.”

It is planned to evacuate civilians along the following routes:

  1. From Kyiv: Kyiv, Gostomel, Rakovka, Sosnovka, Ivankov, Oranoe, Chernobyl, Gden (RB), Gomel. With subsequent delivery by air transport to the Russian Federation;
  2. From Mariupol: Route 1 – Mariupol, Novoazovsk, Taganrog, Rostov-on-Don, then by air, rail and road to selected destinations or temporary accommodation;
  3. From Mariupol: Route 2 – Mariupol, Portovskoye, Mangush, bypassing Nikolskoye, Respublika, Rozovka, Bilmak, Pologi, Orekhov, Zaporozhye;
  4. From Kharkov: Kharkov, Nekhoteevka, Belgorod, then by air, rail and road transport to selected destinations or temporary accommodation points;
  5. From Sumy: Route 1 – Sumy, Sudzha, Belgorod, then by air, rail and road transport to selected destinations or temporary accommodation;
  6. From Sumy: Route 2 – Sumy, Golubovka, Romny, Lokhvitsa, Lubny, Poltava.

French President Emanuel Macron raised the issue of organizing humanitarian corridors with Vladimir Putin during their conversation yesterday, Sunday, March 6.

The Russian side brought the information to the relevant structures of the UN, the OSCE, the ICRC and other international organizations. The statement says:

“We demand from the Ukrainian side to strictly fulfill all the conditions for the creation of humanitarian corridors in the listed directions and to ensure the organized withdrawal of civilians and foreign citizens. We warn that all attempts by the Ukrainian side to once again deceive Russia and the entire civilized world in disrupting the humanitarian operation, allegedly through the fault of the Russian Federation this time they are useless and meaningless. We are waiting for concrete actions from the official Kiev authorities, as well as from the leadership of the cities listed.

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