Ukraine has called anew on states to continue making all possible efforts to force Russia to stop violating the ceasefire agreement so population from besieged cities can safely seek refuge to safer borders.
In a statement on March 7, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine slammed Russia for “impeding the opening of the humanitarian corridors in Ukraine, ” violating the previously reached agreements.
“On 7 March 2022 the Russian Federation yet again sabotaged the opening of the humanitarian corridors for the evacuation of the civil population from the besieged cities of the Kyiv, Kharkiv, Donetsk and Kherson regions,” the foreign affairs ministry said.
It disclosed that Russia’s armed forces continue bombardments and missile attacks on Kyiv, Mariupol, Volnovakha, Symy, Mykolaiiv, Kharkiv and other cities, towns and villages, preventing the safe exit of humanitarian convoys carrying Ukrainian and foreign citizens, as well as the delivery of medications and food.
This prompted the Ukraine government to seek the help of the international community to continue urging Russia to allow the safe exit of people from the war-stricken country.
“Ukraine calls on the states, in particular those whose leaders maintain contacts with president Putin, to make all the possible efforts to force Russia to ensure the ceasefire regime is upheld in order to open humanitarian corridors and prevent a large scale humanitarian catastrophe,” the foreign affairs ministry said.
It also hit Russia for “spreading disinformation and manipulating the lives of civilians.”
“Russia must stop violating the ceasefire agreement, put an end to spreading disinformation and manipulating the lives of civilians. Evacuation through humanitarian corridors is only possible when the ceasefire regime is fully upheld. The Ukrainian side is ready for that,” the Ukrainian government said.
Ukraine also called as “inappropriate” any attempts by Moscow to force civilians in the besieged cities to flee to the territory of Russia and Belarus, taking into account the high probability of taking those evacuated as hostages or using them by the Russian armed forces as human shields.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine also assured that it continues to remain in constant contact with embassies of foreign states, whose citizens remain in the conflict zones, and provide them with maximum assistance for the evacuation of their citizens though the territory of Ukraine.