Russia creates humanitarian corridor for exit of foreign ships
Russia's Defense Ministry says Moscow has offered 4,933 tons of humanitarian cargo to civilians in the Donetsk and Lugansk people's republics and several Ukrainian regions.
The Russian Defense Ministry confirmed Thursday that the Kremlin has created a humanitarian corridor for the exit of foreign ships from the maritime regions of Ukraine.
The Ministry said the corridor will start operating daily from March 25, as foreign vessels cannot leave Ukrainian ports because of the threat of shelling.
It also highlighted that since March 2, Moscow has offered 4,933 tons of humanitarian cargo (food, clothing, hygiene products, and medicines) to civilians in the Donetsk and Lugansk people's republics, Kiev, Chernigov, Sumy, Kharkov, Zaporozhye, Kherson, and Nikolayev regions.
According to the Russian Defense Ministry, the Russian Armed Forces have strictly observed a ceasefire on all routes, including those declared by Ukraine.
The Ministry considered that Kiev's approach to Moscow’s humanitarian corridors reveals an indifference to the current government and to its people.
Daily humanitarian corridors & evacuation of civilians
It is noteworthy that the Russian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova confirmed Wednesday that "the Russian Defense Ministry is organizing daily humanitarian corridors and evacuation of civilians from residential areas."
"Meanwhile, the European Union fails to persuade Kiev to stop Ukrainian nationalists from using civilians as a human shield and blocking their exit to Russia," Zakharova pointed out.
The Kremlin's Spokesperson, Dmitry Peskov, had denied rumors about the absence of humanitarian corridors, stressing that "humanitarian corridors are being set up. Allegations that no one is being let out of surrounded cities are lies, absolute lies."
"There are humanitarian corridors whose operation is ensured by our military. However, people aren’t leaving through them because those very nationalists are reluctant to let them go," he indicated.