Russia blames the UN for lack of preparation in humanitarian corridors in Mariupol, Ukraine | News

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A statement from the Joint Coordination Headquarters for Humanitarian Response in Ukraine, of the Russian Defense Ministry, reports that the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees was not prepared to carry out humanitarian operations in Mariupol during the Friday and Saturday sessions.

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According to the authorities, the Russian side would have opened humanitarian corridors in the directions of kyiv, Chernigov, Sumy, Kharkov and Mariupol: one to Russia and another through the territory controlled by kyiv towards the western borders of Ukraine.

Ukraine, for its part, would have declared seven more corridors in the Zaporozhya and Donetsk directions, none of which is towards the Russian Federation, says the note from the Russian Defense Ministry, which explains that the Russian Armed Forces “strictly observe the high fire on all routes, including those declared by the Ukrainian side”.

Moscow opened such humanitarian corridors, following the personal requests of the President of France and the Chancellor of Germany to the Russian Head of State Vladimir Putin, for the evacuation of civilians and foreigners from Mariupol to Zaporozhye on March 31, 1 and April 2.

However, Russia complains that despite the fact that these humanitarian operations had the direct participation of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, as well as the International Committee of the Red Cross, these organizations were not prepared to carry out carry out humanitarian operations in the direction of Mariupol.

Moscow says, in that direction, that the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) expressed its full readiness to participate in humanitarian operations in the Mariupol direction, but at the same time, its representatives did not take practical steps to organize a humanitarian convoy or form bus convoys.

“The only justification for the ICRC staff is that the Ukrainian side has not fulfilled its obligation to open a humanitarian corridor to Mariupol. At the same time, the remaining fighters of the nationalist formations did not fully observe the ceasefire during this period, instead, they engaged in intense indiscriminate small arms and mortar fire in almost all directions, including in the suspected humanitarian corridor,” the Russian statement said.



Both parties have accused each other of violations of the ceasefire in the humanitarian corridors opened in recent days with a view to the evacuation of civilians from the large cities where fighting is taking place between the Ukrainian nationalist forces and the russian army.

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