Ukraine has announced that it will not open any humanitarian corridors in the country today due to insecurity as the Russians block or bomb them, Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine Irina Vereshuk said on the messaging network Telegram.
“Unfortunately, today, April 18, there will be no humanitarian corridors,” said the deputy prime minister, who is also the minister for the reintegration of the occupied territories, not even for the stricken city of Mariupol.
The Ukrainian official explained that the country’s authorities conducted, on Sunday, “long and difficult negotiations” with the Russians to achieve the reopening of humanitarian corridors, especially to Mariupol, but without results. In this city in the south of the country, near the Sea of Azov, there are still about 100,000 people – out of the half a million who lived there before the start of the war – almost without food, water or other basic goods.
Negotiations also failed to reach an agreement to activate the corridors for the evacuation of civilians from other parts of the country, such as Berdyansk, Tokmak, Energodar, the occupied Kherson region and in the pro-Russian Lugansk region, which is currently in the scene of events. from Russian attacks.
The lack of success of the talks is attributed to “the Russians’ violation of international humanitarian law” and the fact that “the Russian occupiers do not stop blocking and bombing humanitarian routes.”
Vereshock promised to make efforts to restore more than 12 humanitarian corridors already established across the country as soon as possible.
This Monday is the second day in a row that Ukrainians are unable to open humanitarian corridors due to insecurity.
In the early hours of February 24, Russia launched a military attack on Ukraine that killed nearly 2,000 civilians, according to United Nations data, which warns that the real number is likely to be much higher.
The war caused about 12 million people to flee, more than five million of them to neighboring countries.
The international community in general condemned the Russian invasion, and responded by sending weapons to Ukraine and strengthening economic and political sanctions against Moscow.