‘Humanitarian Corridors’ agreed upon by Russia and Ukraine
The second round of talks between Ukrainian and Russian delegations on Thursday ended without a ceasefire agreement, but the two sides agreed to set up humanitarian and evacuation corridors, according to a top Ukrainian official.
Ukraine’s presidential adviser Mykhailo Podolyak said the two sides will together provide humanitarian corridors to evacuate civilians, deliver food, and deliver medicine to areas with heavy fighting across the country.
“The second round of negotiations is over,” Podolyak wrote on Twitter. “Unfortunately, the results Ukraine needs are not yet achieved. There is a solution only for the organization of humanitarian corridors.”
Previously, the Ukrainian delegation said they were seeking an immediate ceasefire, a temporary peace agreement, and the humanitarian or evacuation corridors for civilians. The first round of talks held in Belarus on Monday resulted in no progress.
The announcement comes as Russian President Vladimir Putin said his country’s military has offered safe corridors to civilians to allow them to leave. During a call with members of his Security Council, Putin alleged without evidence or details that Ukrainian nationalist groups are preventing civilians from leaving areas.
Putin again said the Russian military is fighting “neo-Nazis,” while asserting that some Ukrainians were “fooled by nationalist propaganda.”
During a news conference on Thursday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said the prospect of another round of talks between the two sides lacks promise. But he said that the two still need to negotiate because “any words are more important than shots.”
Hundreds of Russian and Ukrainian soldiers, as well as civilians, have died since Russia invaded the country starting in the early morning hours of Feb. 24. The move prompted widespread condemnation and a number of Western countries hit Russia’s financial sector with significant sanctions, with likely more on the way.
The United Nations reported more than 1 million refugees have fled the country in the past week, adding that the humanitarian crisis on the ground appears to be growing worse.
Washington has repeatedly warned that it is prepared to take further measures to hold Moscow to account over its invasion of Ukraine.
Ukraine, Russia Agree on ‘Humanitarian Corridors’ for Civilians The Epoch Times