Ukraine’s Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk announced on Thursday the establishment of seven “humanitarian corridors” to assist residents from cities encircled by Russian forces, including the southern port of Mariupol.
Humanitarian corridors are areas where military action is temporarily halted to allow civilians to pass safely.
According to the regional governor, evacuees have already begun to leave the north-eastern city of Sumy as part of a local truce.
Ukraine and Russia have agreed to construct humanitarian corridors and will meet in Turkey later today.
It comes after Ukraine accused Russia of attacking a children’s hospital in Mariupol, a “war crime”, according to Kyiv.