Moscow announces humanitarian corridor in Sievierodonetsk
This corridor will be set up on Wednesday to evacuate civilians from the Azot factory in Sievierodonetsk, a city ravaged by fighting.
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Russia announced on Tuesday the establishment on Wednesday of a humanitarian corridor for the evacuation to a locality under Russian control of civilians from the Azot factory in Sievierodonetsk, a town in eastern Ukraine ravaged by fighting. . “A humanitarian corridor will be opened in a northerly direction (to the town of Svatove) on June 15” from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. GMT, the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement.
The Russian ministry called on Ukrainian forces to raise a white flag signaling their acceptance of the proposal, calling on them to end their “absurd resistance” to Azot. A strategic city in eastern Ukraine, Sievierodonetsk has for several weeks been the scene of violent clashes between the Ukrainian army and the forces of Moscow as well as their pro-Russian separatist allies. According to local Ukrainian authorities, more than 500 people are currently taking refuge in the large Azot chemical plant in Sievierodonetsk, which they claim is constantly bombed.
The previous Azovstal
The supply of this site has become difficult, but there are some reserves in this factory, they indicated on Tuesday. This situation is reminiscent, on a smaller scale, of that which existed in the large Azovstal metallurgical complex in Mariupol, a large port city in the Southeast which fell into Russian hands in May after several weeks of siege.
Hundreds of civilians had taken refuge in underground galleries in Azovstal, before finding themselves trapped there, alongside Ukrainian fighters, in extremely difficult conditions as the bombs rained down nonstop. Russia had repeatedly announced the establishment of humanitarian corridors to evacuate civilians, but several agreements had fallen through, with Moscow and kyiv accusing each other of having broken them.