The Ukrainian region of Lugansk opens this Saturday a humanitarian corridor to evacuate civilians, regional governor Serhiy Gaiday announced on Telegram. “A humanitarian corridor has been agreed, we are going to try to evacuate people and bring food this Saturday,” he said on the 24th day of the war between Russia and Ukraine.
In total, Ukraine hopes to evacuate citizens through ten humanitarian corridors of cities and towns on the front line of combat, said Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk. A corridor had also been agreed for the besieged city of Mariupol, although previous efforts by authorities to evacuate civilians under a temporary ceasefire have mostly failed.
This Friday 9,145 people have been evacuated through humanitarian corridors, according to the Ukrainian authorities. As many as 4,972 of these civilians have left the besieged city of Mariupol, Kyrylo Tymoshenko, deputy head of the president’s office, said.
Russia continues the offensive
Meanwhile, clashes continue on Ukrainian territory. The Russian Ministry of Defense has confirmed the use of a ‘Kinzhal’ hypersonic missile for the first time since the beginning of his invasion of the country to destroy an underground Ukrainian arsenal in the south-west of the country.
Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov confirmed the impact of the missile on the population of Deliatinin the Ukrainian region of Ivano-Frankivsk, in which boxes of ammunition for fighter planes were also destroyed, according to comments collected by TASS.
“The ‘Kinzhal’ hypersonic aeroballistic missile system has destroyed a large underground warehouse containing missiles and aviation ammunition,” the military spokesman said, without giving further details.
The Russian military struck a target in western Ukraine for the first time on Friday, destroying an aircraft parking lot at a repair plant near Lviv airport, according to official sources.
Zelensky urges “meaningful” peace talks
The Ukrainian president, Volodimir Zelenski, has assured that it was time to hold “meaningful” peace and security talks with Moscow to be able to stop the invasion of Ukraine and if not, Russia “will take several generations” to recover from the losses.
“Meaningful peace and security negotiations for us and for Ukraine are the only chance for Russia to minimize the damage caused by its own mistakes,” Zelesnki said in a 10-minute video posted on his official Telegram account, filmed in a deserted street
“It’s time to meet, it’s time to discuss, it’s time to reintegrate territorial integrity and justice for Ukraine,” the Ukrainian president asked. Otherwise, he has warned, “the losses for Russia will be such that it will take several generations to recover.”
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.