20 Apr 2022 11:20

Humanitarian corridor from Mariupol approved for Wednesday - Ukrainian deputy PM

KYIV. April 20 (Interfax-Ukraine) - A humanitarian corridor for civilians' evacuation from Mariupol will be opened on Wednesday, Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Reintegration of the Temporarily Occupied Territories Iryna Vereshchuk said.

"We managed to tentatively agree on a humanitarian corridor for women, children and the elderly. The gathering point is the intersection of Taganrogska Street and 130th Taganrog Division Street, at 2:00 p.m. today, on April 20. The convoy's route will be Mariupol-Manhush-Berdyansk-Tokmak-Orekhove-Zaporizhzhya," Vereshchuk said on Telegram.

"Since the situation is very complicated, changes may occur during the period of the corridor's functioning," she said.

For its part, the ministry headed by Vereshchuk said on Wednesday that nearly 300,000 civilians have evacuated through humanitarian corridors to date.

The Ukrainian side has proposed more than 340 humanitarian corridors since February 24. Nearly 300 of them were agreed, but only 176 were actually opened, the ministry's press service said.

Work on opening humanitarian corridors is ongoing, the ministry said. Specifically, such negotiations are continuing with regard to the Kherson and Zaporizhzhya regions.