In the ether of the national information marathon on the 1 + 1 TV channel, Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine Iryna Vereshchuk spoke about the dramatic situation around Mariupol, which is surrounded by occupiers. The city is under constant enemy fire, people do not come out of hiding for weeks. At the same time, the city ran out of food, basic necessities, water and medicine. No gas, electricity, heating. Many civilians have already died in Mariupol.
It will be recalled that today the Ukrainian authorities focused on the evacuation and support of Mariupol residents – 5 humanitarian corridors were agreed and opened for this purpose.
But, as Iryna Vereshchuk said, today’s humanitarian corridor in the Mangush region is blocked by militants of the so-called “DNR”. They seized and held a convoy of buses, which also includes representatives of the State Emergency Service.
«This is a recognized corridor, we have agreed it with the Red Cross and the Russian side – said the Deputy Prime Minister. – However, people are being held hostage and it is unknown whether they will be released, they are threatening to take away the equipment. Now we are trying to get them out of there with all our might».
Thus, there is no full-fledged humanitarian corridor in the Mariupol direction. People can be evacuated only by their own vehicles or on foot. And this is 10, 20 or more kilometers to the nearest location of our buses, she said.
According to Iryna Vereshchuk, the fate of the people who were in the Mariupol Drama Theater at the time of the airstrike is still unknown.
«Those who try to get there – to find out the details, are constantly under fire – she explained. – But we have information that some people could have escaped on their own. It is very difficult to estimate the scale of the catastrophe now».
She stressed that what Putin’s invaders are doing cannot be called anything other than atrocities.
« I want the whole world to know the value of the words of those who call themselves peacemakers!» – summed up the Deputy Prime Minister.