Petro Poroshenko Orders Setting Up of Humanitarian Corridors
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has ordered the creation of humanitarian corridors for civilians to flee areas of the east hit by conflict.
In a statement, quoted by BBC, the presidency said ministers had been ordered to set up "all necessary conditions for civilians who want to leave".
Violence between pro-Russia militants and Ukrainian forces has left more than 200 people dead, officials say.
The decision was taken after the recently elected Poroshenko had a meeting with the heads of the police and the army. The authorities must organize the transport of the civilians willing to leave the conflict zone and set up mobile points providing medical aid, food, water and medicines, reports the Ukrainian news agency UNIAN.
The move to create corridors meets one of Russia's main demands.
On Monday Poroshenko vowed that the violence in the Donetsk and Luhansk region, which has been going on for weeks, must end by the end of this week.
- » EU Moves to Extend Russia Sanctions over Ukraine
- » Russia Suspends Its Participation in PACE Until End of Year
- » EP's Schulz Criticises Tsipras of Splitting Common EU Stance on Russia
- » EU Foreign Ministers to Discuss Further Sanctions Against Russia
- » New Greek Govt Objects to EU Call for Further Sanctions on Russia
- » Gazprom Plans to Start Pumping Gas to Turkey via New Pipeline in Dec 2016