Corridor opens for stranded Indians in Sumy

Kyiv, March 8 : A day after India expressed concern over the lack of a safe corridor for Indian students stranded in Sumy, Ukraine Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk said a humanitarian corridor will open on Tuesday. “Today, a humanitarian corridor for the city of Sumy should be launched,” she said. “This fact was officially agreed with the Russian Ministry of Defense in a letter to the ICRC. That is, both the Red Cross and we, as the party with which the opening of the humanitarian corridor was agreed, have documentary evidence,” she said. Sputnik quoted the official as saying that civilians, including citizens of India and China, will be evacuated from Sumy to Poltava. Over 500 Indian students are stranded in Sumy. Despite Russia announcing a temporary ceasefire and a humanitarian corridor in Sumy, the evacuation of the students could not take place. Vereshchuk announced a ceasefire from 7 am (local time) so that people can leave Sumy via the humanitarian corridor. The first column will start moving along the corridor at 8 am (local time). “No other routes were agreed upon,” she added. RNJ MR

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