The press release issued by the President of Ukraine on 4 March 2022.
In the framework of the agreements reached during the Ukrainian-Russian talks on March 3, ways are being elaborated to resolve humanitarian issues, including the evacuation of people and the delivery of food and medicine to the victims of the shelling of the cities. Mykhailo Podoliak, Adviser to the Head of the Office of the President of Ukraine spoke about this at a briefing in Lviv.
According to him, a working group has been set up, which includes representatives of Ukraine and Russia, as well as the International Committee of the Red Cross as a mediator. They discuss how it is logistically possible to evacuate people from the affected settlements, as well as how to bring food and medicine there.
“I think that today, we will have a clear understanding, for example, as regards Mariupol, what will be the corridor there. Because about 200,000 people there want to be evacuated. In Volnovakha, about 20,000 people want to leave,” Mykhailo Podoliak said.
He stressed that the Ukrainian side has routing in all directions. This tripartite group is being finalized.
For his part, leader of the Servant of the People faction Davyd Arakhamia expressed hope that the agreements reached during the March 3 talks on the evacuation of civilians and the creation of humanitarian corridors will be observed.
According to him, the Russian side takes this negotiation process seriously and even speeds it up, as the current situation is very damaging to Russia’s image in the eyes of the world.