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MADRID, March 23. (EUROPE PRESS) –
The President of Ukraine, Volodimir Zelenski, has reported that the Ukrainian authorities are working in several corridors throughout the country and has assured that about 100,000 people remain in Mariupol in “subhuman conditions”.
“Today, some 100,000 people live in the city in subhuman conditions, in a complete blockade, without food, without water, without medicine and under constant bombardment,” denounced the Ukrainian president, who added that humanitarian corridors are being prepared for the kyiv, Kharkov, Zaporizhia and Lugansk regions.
According to the Ukrainian president, over the past two weeks, Ukraine has received more than 100,000 tons of humanitarian aid. These shipments are distributed through special ‘hubs’ for the regions, as reported by the Ukrinform news agency.
“I am grateful to the Greek Foreign Minister, who was the first to decide to support the work of our humanitarian corridors in Mariupol. Saving our people in the city and bringing humanitarian aid is very important for everyone,” he stressed.
More than 7,000 people have been able to leave the city of Mariúpol on Tuesday through humanitarian corridors, according to Kirilo Timoshenko, the ‘number two’ of the Ukrainian presidential office, figures that have also been corroborated by the same Zelensky.
“In fact, 7,226 people were deported from Mariupol by humanitarian corridors in one day. These are about 1,100 residents of Mariupol who were already in Berdyansk and almost 6,000 people who were traveling from Mariupol to Zaporizhia in their own cars,” he said, according to picks up the Interfax news agency.
Until March 22, a total of 32,000 Ukrainians have managed to leave the city, with nearly 211,000 civilians already able to access humanitarian corridors throughout the country. However, Timoshenko has also reported that the evacuation in the villages of Mikilske and Melekine in the Donetsk region has failed.
“It was agreed. 11 buses and 2 cars from the State Emergency Service of Ukraine (SES) arrived. They were stopped at a checkpoint in Mangush, and after that there is no communication with them. In fact, eleven bus drivers and four SES officers are in captivity. We are currently negotiating to let them go,” he said.
SUMMITS IN BRUSSELS
“This week there are three important summits: the G7, NATO and the EU. New sanctions packages, new aid. We will work, we will fight as much as we can. Until the end. Bravely and openly. On all these platforms with full energy,” Zelensky highlighted in his evening speech, as reported by the Ukrinform news agency.
Zelenski has also assured that the Ukrainian representatives “are working on the negotiations”. “It is very difficult, sometimes scandalous, but we are advancing step by step,” he added, according to the Unian news agency.
Facing these meetings in Brussels, the presidential spokesman, Sergei Nikiforov, has assured that “new security formats will not be discussed”, but that Zelenski will ask at the extraordinary NATO summit, which will be held on March 24, to stop Russia’s war crimes against the Ukrainian people and civilian infrastructure.