11 Mar 2022 12:09

Ukrainian Deputy PM Vereshchuk hopes for opening Mariupol-Zaporizhzhya evacuation route

KYIV. March 11 (Interfax-Ukraine) - Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Reintegration of Temporary Occupied Territories Iryna Vereshchuk has said she is hoping that "a green corridor" between Mariupol and Zaporizhzhya will open on Friday.

"We are opening additional humanitarian passages on the following routes: from Mariupol in the Donetsk region to Zaporizhzhya... with the mandatory demining of the entire route. A humanitarian convoy and buses will leave Zaporizhzhya for Mariupol. We are hoping and expecting the route to open today," Vereshchuk said at a press briefing on Friday.

She also expressed hope for the opening of "a green corridor" from Volnovakha in the Donetsk region to Pokrovsk on Friday and mentioned the following evacuation routes: Polohi (Zaporizhzhya region) - Zaporizhzhya, Enerhodar - Zaporizhzhya, Izyum - Lozove (Kharkiv region), Bucha - Kyiv, Hostomel - Kyiv, Kozarovichy - Kyiv, Mykulichy - Kyiv, Andriivka (Kyiv region) - Zhytomyr, Makarov (Kyiv region) - Zhytomyr, and Borodyanka (Kyiv region) - Zhytomyr.

"Borodyanka failed to open yesterday, which the Red Cross was informed about, and I sincerely hope it will open today," Vereshchuk said.

New routes of humanitarian corridors are being considered to supply drugs, water and food to the Kherson, Chernihiv, Kharkiv and other regions, she said.