Statement by the Ukraine Ministry of Foreign Affairs:
Violating the agreements reached, the armed forces of the Russian Federation continue to launch missile and bomb strikes on Mariupol, Volnovakha and other Ukrainian cities. The ongoing shelling makes it impossible to open humanitarian corridors for the safe evacuation of civilians and the delivery of medicines and food.
The allegations of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation that it is the Ukrainian authorities who are hindering the departure of residents of the cities under siege are not true and constitute disinformation to justify the criminal actions of the Russian armed forces.
The Russian side ignores the appeals of international humanitarian organizations, in particular, the International Committee of the Red Cross, to a ceasefire in order to create safe conditions for the departure of civilians and wounded.
Russia’s actions are a gross violation of the Geneva Conventions and are classified as a war crime under the Rome Statute.
We call on the international community – states and international organisations – to immediately condemn Russia’s gross violation of the agreements on the opening of humanitarian corridors, and call on Moscow to order Russian troops to a ceasefire.
Ukraine, together with the humanitarian organisations involved, is ready to evacuate the civilian population as soon as safe conditions are in place.