Russia Ready to Open Humanitarian Corridor

After two incidents of civilians being shot in gunfire by Russian forces, on Monday Russia has announced that they are ready to open humanitarian corridors in several Ukrainian cities. Moscow’s Defence Ministry announced plans for humanitarian corridors from several bombarded cities and said a “regime of silence” had started at 0700 GMT. Ukraine denied accepting Moscow’s offer after it emerged that exit routes would lead refugees into Russia or its ally Belarus, raising questions over the safety of those who might use them. “This is not an acceptable option,” Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk said. Russia’s negotiator at the peace talks, Vladimir Medinsky, in return accused Ukraine of the “war crime” of blocking the corridors. The war has been going on for 12 days now, and the third round of peace negotiations have also begun on Monday. The invasion has pushed more than 1.5 million people across Ukraine’s borders making Europe’s fastest growing refugee crisis since the Second World War. International sanctions intended to punish Moscow have also gone in vain. USA is now discussing a ban on Russian oil imports with Europe. Following a conversation between French President Emmanuel Macron and Russian President Vladimir Putin, Russia proposed safe passage for people from Kharkiv, Kyiv, Mariupol and Sumy. After the conversation Mr. Macron, accused Mr. Putin of hypocrisy and cynicism over the offer. “All this is not serious, it is moral and political cynicism, which I find intolerable,” he said in an interview.

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