Deputy Prime Minister – Minister for Reintegration of the Temporarily Occupied Territories of Ukraine Iryna Vereshchuk denied russia’s statement that there were agreements on humanitarian corridors with Azovstal in blocked Mariupol.
Direct speech: “Today, the russian side once again announced the existence of a corridor for civilians to leave Azovstal. This could be believed if the Russians had not disrupted the humanitarian corridors many times before. It is important to understand that the humanitarian corridor opens by agreement. announced unilaterally, does not provide security, and therefore, in fact, is not a humanitarian corridor”.
Details: Vereshchuk says that the Ukrainian authorities have asked UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres to initiate and guarantee the Azovstal Humanitarian Corridor for Civilians.
In particular, Ukraine requests that representatives of the UN and the International Committee of the Red Cross be present in the humanitarian column.
Official Kyiv hopes for the effectiveness of the UN Secretary General’s talks with Russian representatives.
What preceded: The Russian Ministry of Defense stated that their armed groups would not fire on April 25 from 14:00 (outside Kyiv) and would allow civilians to leave the Azovstal plant in Mariupol, and also claimed that the rubber corridor had been operating for 36 days. while, according to the Ukrainian side, the shelling did not stop.
All disruptions of the real evacuation to unoccupied Ukraine lead to increased deportation of Mariupol residents. On April 24, when the Orthodox celebrated Easter, the russians deported 149 residents of Mariupol to russia, including 23 children.
On April 26, after talks with vladimir putin, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said he had agreed with President vladimir putin to evacuate civilians from the Azovstal plant in Mariupol with the participation of the UN and the ICRC.
Source: Office of the UN Secretary General.
Literally: “The President (putin – ed.) Agreed in principle to the participation of the UN and the International Committee of the Red Cross in the evacuation of civilians from the Azovstal plant in Mariupol”.
Further discussions will be held with the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs and the russian ministry of defense. ”
Details: At the same time, the report did not specify the evacuation to the territory controlled by Ukraine or deportation to Russia or to the separatist “DPR” and “LPR”.
During the meeting, the UN Secretary General told putin that the situation with the creation of humanitarian corridors is not being resolved.
Putin told him that the rubber corridors were “working”.
According to https://www.pravda.com.ua