16 Mar 2022 07:51

Seven out of 9 approved humanitarian passages worked on Tuesday, no evacuation from Kyiv region planned for Wednesday - Deputy PM Vereshchuk

KYIV. March 16 (Interfax-Ukraine) - Seven out of nine approved humanitarian passages worked on Tuesday, according to Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Reintegration of Temporary Occupied Territories Iryna Vereshchuk.

"On the whole, we have managed to evacuate 28,893 people thanks to the humanitarian passages," Vereshchuk said at a press briefing on Tuesday night.

About 20,000 people left Mariupol through a passage, Vereshchuk said. More than 4,000 private vehicles departed from Mariupol for Zaporizhzhya via Berdyansk. Out of that number, 570 arrived in Zaporizhzhya and the rest spent the night in Berdyansk and other populated localities, she said.

A total of 8,533 people were evacuated from the Sumy region on March 15, including 6,950 from the city of Sumy, Vereshchuk said.

In the Kharkiv region, evacuation was provided for 320 patients and staff members of the Oskil mental hospital, she said.

"We are planning to continue operation of the Mariupol humanitarian passage and to begin evacuation from Izyum on Wednesday," Vereshchuk said.

There will be no evacuation in the Kyiv region on March 16 due to the curfew, which would stay in effect until the morning of March 17, she said.