A Russian military official confirmed that Moscow had accepted 9 additional humanitarian corridors proposed by Kiev.
He added that the corridors proposed by Kiev and approved by Russia will be in Zaporizhia, Zhytomyr and Kharkiv, according to the Russian agency “Interfax”.
In parallel, Ukrainian authorities said they evacuated some 3,800 people on Thursday.
In a related context, the authorities of the Ukrainian city of Mariupol, besieged by Russian forces, announced the evacuation of 30,000 people within a week, adding that they are not yet aware of the outcome of the bombing of a theater where the refugees were taking refuge. civilians on Wednesday.
The city municipality said in a message via “Telegram” that the situation was “critical”, with “continuous” Russian bombing and “enormous” destruction. “Initial estimates indicate that 80% of the city’s housing units have been destroyed,” she added.
And if 30,000 people were evacuated to Zaporizhia or Berdyansk via humanitarian corridors, 350,000 are still in city and “continue to hide in shelters or basements “, according to the municipality.
And Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Irina Vereshuk said Thursday that Ukraine hopes to evacuate civilians through nine “humanitarian corridors” from cities including the city of Mariupol.
It is noteworthy that the fourth round negotiations between Russians and Ukrainians was resumed last Tuesday (March 15, 2022), in light of the continuing battles between the two sides, after three previous sessions held at delegation level, the first on the Ukrainian-Belarusian border and the next two on the border Polish-Belarusian.
evacuation of civilians
So far these round they only led to a temporary ceasefire in several large cities, including Kiev, aiming to evacuate the stranded civilians. However, this intermittent truce has seen several violations, as the two sides have blamed the responsibility in recent days.
But Kiev and the Western countries that support it are counting on this round of dialogue to lead to a permanent armistice, which in later reached a solution that would establish the pace between the two sides.
Note that the Kremlin has stressed more than once, and Russian President Vladimir Putin repeated it yesterday, Wednesday, that it will not back down from achieving the objectives of the military operation launched on February 24, namely to strip Kiev of its qualitative weapon. , which Moscow considers a threat to its security, and halt NATO expansion to the East. The European Union, in addition to halting Ukrainian efforts to join it, has prompted many observers not to think of quickly reaching an agreement between the two. villages. Despite yesterday, several reports indicated that an understanding was reached on some points between the two sides, including the question of Ukraine’s “neutrality”.
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