Russia says it will open humanitarian corridors tomorrow to allow civilians to evacuate from several Ukrainian cities, including the capital Kyiv and the port city of Mariupol, Russian news agencies report.
“From 10:00 MSK (0700 GMT) on March 8, 2022 the Russian Federation is declaring a ‘regime of silence’ and is ready to provide humanitarian corridors,” says a department of the Russian defense ministry charged with humanitarian operations in Ukraine.
It lists evacuation routes from Kyiv as well as Mariupol, Kharkiv and Sumy — all of which have been under heavy Russian attacks in recent days.
The defense ministry department says the Ukrainian authorities have so far been “unable to ensure the functioning of humanitarian corridors,” noting that the situation in many Ukrainian cities “has deteriorated rapidly and has acquired the character of a humanitarian disaster.”
According to Moscow, the new evacuation routes will be communicated to the Ukraine authorities.