Russia declares ceasefire for evacuations
in Kharkov, Kiev, Sumy and Mariupol at 8 a.m. Dutch time on Monday to give civilians the opportunity to leave these Ukrainian cities. This is reported by the Russian news agency Interfax . Shots and explosions are still heard in the cities.
Ukraine is on Monday in negotiations with Russia on humanitarian corridors through which civilians can flee from a number of cities. But the country has little confidence in that, because Russian troops have not stopped their attacks.
Russia had promised a ceasefire from 8 a.m. According to the Russian Defense Ministry, six corridors are being set up, leading in the direction of Russia and Belarus.
The Ukrainian authorities say that everyone can decide for themselves where they go and advise people not to be evacuated by Russia.
Russia declares ceasefire for evacuations from major Ukraine cities
France pleaded with Russia for humanitarian corridors
The so-called humanitarian corridors are being set up at the request of French President Emmanuel Macron and because of the current situation in those cities, the ministry said.
The Russian state news agency RIA has published maps showing the corridors running from Kiev to Belarus.
From Kharkov, civilians could only go to Russia, while the escape routes at Sumy and Mariupol also lead to Ukrainian cities. Civilians may also be evacuated from Kiev by air, the Defense Ministry said.
Russia monitors evacuations with drones (Russia declares ceasefire for evacuations)
Russia is deploying drones to monitor the evacuations, “so Ukrainian efforts to mislead Russia and the rest of the civilized world are futile”.
A spokesman for Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky called Russia’s attitude toward the corridors “utterly immoral” on Monday. Ukrainians should have the right to remain on their own territory if they leave the cities, he said.
Russia itself violated previous ceasefires
Both Saturday and Sunday, Ukraine and Russia agreed on a similar corridor at Mariupol. But on both days, the evacuation of civilians from the besieged city was halted due to violence. Both camps accuse each other of violating the truce.
It is unclear how many people have been able to flee from the city. Pro-Russian rebels, along with Russian forces surrounding Mariupol, reported 300 people on Sunday.
They would have left Mariupol under the protection of the rebels on the east side. “Ukrainian nationalists” would like to prevent citizens from leaving, the separatists said.
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