New talks between Russia and Ukraine on the Belarus-Poland border have ended with an agreement between the two countries on “humanitarian corridors” for the evacuation of civilians.
Ukraine and Russia agreed Thursday, at the end of a second session of talks, to organize “humanitarian corridors” for the evacuation of civilians from combat zones, announced an adviser to the Ukrainian presidency.
“The second round of negotiations is over. Unfortunately, there are not yet the expected results for Ukraine. There is only one solution to organize humanitarian corridors”, wrote on Twitter Mikhaïlo Podoliak, a member of the Ukrainian delegation
The key points on the agenda were an “immediate ceasefire, an armistice and humanitarian corridors for the evacuation of civilians from destroyed or constantly bombarded towns and villages”, wrote Mr. Podoliak on Twitter, posting a photo of the members of the two delegations at the negotiating table.
The humanitarian situation has deteriorated
In many Ukrainian towns, targeted by Russian bombs or surrounded, the humanitarian situation has deteriorated considerably.
In the south, the strategic port city of Mariupol is almost cut off from the world and is undergoing intense bombardments, the city of Kharkiv, the second in the country, has also been under shelling for several days.
The site chosen for the negotiations is located in the Belarusian region of Brest, in Belovejskaya Poucha, a locality near the border with Poland, according to Belarus and Russia.
According to the Russian negotiator Vladimir Medinski, this place is suitable for the Ukrainian delegation in particular because it is going there via Poland.
The Russian side has three files on the table relating to “the military-technical aspect, the humanitarian and the international as well as the political”, said the envoy of the Kremlin, without giving more details.
The day before, he had indicated that the conversations would focus on the aspects necessary for “a ceasefire”.
A first meeting ended on Monday without concrete progress, but the two parties had agreed on the principle of a second meeting.