MOSCOW, July 3 (RIA Novosti) - Despite Kiev’s promises, there are no humanitarian corridors in southeastern Ukraine, speaker of the unity parliament of Novorossiya, the union of the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk republics in eastern Ukraine, Oleh Tsarev said Thursday.
“There has been no ceasefire, there are no humanitarian corridors,” Tsarev said, adding that water supplies have resumed in Slaviansk, but people are running out of cereals, and the city will soon plunge into hunger.
Another problem is that independence supporters cannot move the children out of the combat zone.
“We made arrangements with five field commanders [of the Kiev forces] regarding the transfer of the children, but the bus was fired upon,” Tsarev said.
“We will set [humanitarian corridors] up, because otherwise, people will starve. There is no water or electricity in Slaviansk, but half of a city of over 100,000 people is still here,” Tsarev said.
“Civilians die every day. A number of cities are not just on the verge of a humanitarian crisis, they are deeply in it. That’s why we cannot allow hundreds of people to starve and die from sickness,” the speaker said.
After his inauguration, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko announced the country’s intention to establish a humanitarian corridor to evacuate civilians from the combat zone in the country’s southeast.
In June, Kremlin Chief of Staff Sergei Ivanov said that no humanitarian corridors had been set up for those willing to leave combat zones in eastern Ukraine, and people were being forced into Russia.