25 Mar 2022 13:58

Ukrainian Deputy PM Vereshchuk: 3,343 people evacuated via 7 humanitarian corridors in Ukraine on Thursday

KYIV. March 25 (Interfax-Ukraine) - All the seven humanitarian corridors arranged for evacuating civilians in Ukraine on March 24 functioned as planned, and 3,343 people were evacuated via them, Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Reintegration of Temporarily Occupied Territories Iryna Vereshchuk said.

Speaking in a video address on Thursday evening, Vereshchuk said 2,717 people left Mariupol for Zaporizhzhya on private vehicles.

Another 117 people were evacuated from Polohy in the Zaporizhzhya region; this figure included 35 children from a local orphanage, who will be flown to Italy for recuperation on Friday, Vereshchuk said. Humanitarian aid has also been delivered to Polohy, she said.

No civilians were evacuated from Melitopol, although humanitarian aid was delivered there as well, she said.

Another 509 people were evacuated from the villages of Velyka Dymerka, Bohdanivka, and Bervytsia to Brovary in the Kyiv region.

Efforts will be continued on Friday to evacuate civilians from Mariupol and Melitopol, and negotiations should be held on setting up new humanitarian corridors, Vereshchuk said.