Meeting of the Joint Coordination Headquarters for Humanitarian Response in Ukraine:
The Russian Federation continues to work in a targeted and coordinated manner to evacuate the local population and foreign citizens to safe areas and to implement a set of measures to restore daily life in the territories of Ukraine liberated from neo-Nazis.
To this end, from 10 a.m. daily, humanitarian corridors continue to open in the directions of Kiev, Mariupol, Chernigov, Sumy and Kharkov, one to Russia and one more through Kiev-controlled territories towards Ukraine’s western borders.
Of the routes we proposed, the Ukrainian authorities again agreed on only three, and no humanitarian corridor to the Russian Federation is still confirmed by official Kiev.
But the Ukrainian side announced 11 additional humanitarian corridors for the current day – in the Kiev, Zaporozhye, Kherson and Kharkov directions.
On the basis of humane principles, in order to ensure the evacuation of civilians forcibly held by nationalists in blockaded settlements, the Russian Armed Forces fully observe the ceasefire on all routes, including those declared by Kiev.
In the past 24 hours, without the participation of the Kiev authorities, 16,394 people were evacuated to Russia from dangerous areas of Ukraine, Lugansk and Donetsk People’ s Republics, including 3,129 children, in total since the beginning of the special military operation already 314,252 people, of which 66,594 are children.
1,784 private motor vehicles crossed the state border of the Russian Federation, and a total of 36,710.
The Russian Federation’s Joint Coordination Headquarters for the Humanitarian Response in Ukraine continues to document numerous cases of violence against civilians by nationalists.
Some of them over the past day: radicals of the territorial defence battalions at checkpoints on the Chernigov-Kiev highway, under the pretext of collecting funds for the AFU, forcibly take money from civilians at a fixed rate: 500 hryvnias per car, 300 for an adult, and 100 for a child, with these rates being five times higher for anyone trying to travel toward Russia, and the most cynical thing is that if there are no funds to pay the bribe, the cars are confiscated and people are sent back on foot.
And absolutely egregious facts: in Sumy, at the Sumykhimprom chemical plant, nationalists mined storage facilities with ammonia and chlorine with the aim of mass poisoning of residents of the Sumy region, in case of entry into the city of units of the Russian Armed Forces; in the village of Kotlyarovo, Nikolaev region, militants of nationalist groups are preparing provocations using toxic chemicals. For this purpose, tanks with toxic chemicals have already been delivered to the local elementary school, and it is planned to blow them up when the Russian troops arrive.
We warn the entire civilized world and international organizations in advance of the cynical provocations prepared by the Ukrainian authorities, which, if carried out, will again be blamed on Russian servicemen, as has happened many times before.
All this is happening with the direct support of the U.S. leadership and a number of European Union countries, which view Ukraine as an instrument of anti-Russian policy.
A significant part of the population forcibly detained by radicals in Ukrainian cities is still looking for any opportunity to evacuate to Russia, as evidenced by numerous appeals by citizens to official structures, NGOs, directly to the subjects of our country, to family and friends, as well as acquaintances who live in the Russian Federation.
According to the results of daily monitoring it was established that only during the last day 7,223 such appeals were received, and all in all there are already 2,711,319 names and specific addresses in our database from two thousand ninety-three settlements of Ukraine.
Despite the humanitarian corridors opening daily, Ukrainian nationalists continue to hold more than 4,500,000 civilians as a “human shield” in Kiev, Kharkov, Chernigov, Sumy and more than 20 other blocked large settlements, as well as 6,830 foreign citizens from 19 states and the crews of 70 foreign vessels, blocked in the seaports of Ukraine.
The Russian side still keeps a sufficient number of vehicles ready at the checkpoints, including comfortable buses for transporting refugees to selected destinations, as well as to temporary accommodation points, where all citizens arriving on the territory of Russia are provided with three hot meals a day and medical assistance is provided around the clock.
More than 9,500 temporary accommodation centres continue to operate in the regions of the Russian Federation.
Federal executive authorities together with the subjects of Russia, various public organizations, patriotic movements have prepared more than 16,500 tons of humanitarian aid. More than 20 tons of basic necessities, food and medicines have been prepared at the collection points.
The Russian side delivered 3,619 tons of cargo to the settlements of the Lugansk and Donetsk people’s republics, Kiev, Zaporozhye, Chernigov, Kharkov and Kherson regions during 464 humanitarian actions. Over the past day, 37 actions were held, during which 267 tons of basic necessities, food and medicines were handed over to the civilian population of the liberated areas.
To date, 52 humanitarian actions have been planned and are currently being carried out in Zaporozhye, Chernigov, Kiev, Kharkov and Kherson regions, in Donetsk and Lugansk people’s republics, during which 280 tons of basic necessities, medicine and food will be distributed.
I would like to say one more thing. The Joint Coordination Headquarters of the Russian Federation for Humanitarian Response in Ukraine has sent a letter from a nine-year-old girl Iman Nebras Ali from the Syrian Arab Republic to orphanages of the Lugansk and Donetsk People’s Republics, as well as to similar institutions in the liberated territories in Kiev, Zaporozhye, Kharkov, Kherson and Chernigov regions. She was born and grew up in a difficult time of struggle of the Syrian state with international terrorism. She has experienced all the horrors of war and understands how simple peaceful people now need support and hope for a bright future. Iman addressed words of support to the children of Ukraine and Donbass, who, like her, are experiencing grief and suffering from the actions of terrorists on their fragile children’s shoulders. The letter is filled with love and gratitude to Russia, to the Russian soldier who defended her country. Currently, we have initiated a reciprocal correspondence of Ukrainian children and children of Donbass with Iman and in her person with all the children of Syria. Of course, in this difficult time, words of understanding and help are needed more than ever by everyone, especially children who are subjected to daily bullying by Ukrainian nationalists.