Russia opening humanitarian corridors in Ukraine

Russia opening humanitarian corridors in Ukraine

A Ukrainian soldier runs to check on a family after a mortar round landed nearby as civilians tried to flee Irpin, near Kyiv, Ukraine, on Sunday. Four people were killed. (Photo: The New York Times)
A Ukrainian soldier runs to check on a family after a mortar round landed nearby as civilians tried to flee Irpin, near Kyiv, Ukraine, on Sunday. Four people were killed. (Photo: The New York Times)

The Russian military will hold fire and open humanitarian corridors in several Ukrainian cities including the capital Kyiv at 10am Moscow time (2pm Bangkok time) on Monday, Russia's defence ministry said.

The corridors, which will also be opened from the cities of Kharkiv, Mariupol and Sumy, are being set up at the personal request of French President Emmanuel Macron and in view of the current situation in those cities, it said.

According to maps published by the RIA news agency, the corridor from Kyiv will lead to Belarus, and civilians from Kharkiv will only have a corridor leading to Russia. Corridors from Mariupol and Sumy will lead both to other Ukrainian cities and to Russia.

Those who want to leave Kyiv will also be able to be airlifted to Russia, the ministry said, adding that it would use drones to monitor the evacuation and "attempts by the Ukrainian side to deceive Russia and the whole civilised world ... are useless this time".

Two planned evacuation operations from Mariupol and the nearby city of Volnovakha have failed over the last two days as the sides accused each other of failing to stop shooting and shelling.

In Mariupol alone, Ukrainian authorities have said they planned to evacuate over 200,000 civilians, or half of the city's population.

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