Iryna Vereshchuk: “Taking people abroad without their consent is a crime”

Опубліковано 25 March 2022 року, о 12:24

This is how Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine Iryna Vereshchuk commented to STB channel on the situation with the forced deportation of civilians from Mariupol to Russia.

She gave an overall assessment of the organization of humanitarian corridors, noting that the situation is not improving due to the reluctance and sabotage of russians.

“Only two humanitarian corridors are open today – she said. – From Mariupol and Melitopol to Zaporihzhia. I hope that at least what is planned for today will be fulfilled. This time 49 buses are heading to the Vasylivka checkpoint and I hope that in a few hours our people will get to Zaporizhzhia “.

The Deputy Prime Minister named one of the reasons for the difficult situation: the intention of the occupiers to deport Mariupol residents to Russia.

“But people don’t want that! Because they know that russia is an aggressor country and their fate in that country is a big question. Especially since the russians have already set up filtration camps” – Irina Vereshchuk said.

The position of the International Committee of the Red Cross raises certain questions in this context.

According to Iryna Vereshchuk, its head Peter Maurer recently visited Moscow. There he made the dubious decision to open a representative office in Rostov.

“So, they agreed to help Ukrainians, but from the russian side. I believe that this is a very wrong political move that legalizes such corridors to the Russian Federation”- said Vereshchuk.

“If the Red Cross decides to have a representative office in Rostov, we will demand that the organization return our people to Ukraine” – Iryna Vereshchuk stressed.

“They have to register them (people), meet and organize a corridor of returning to the Homeland” –  the Deputy Prime Minister summed up.