Ukraine halts humanitarian corridors as Russia can't 'properly control their people on the ground'

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  • Ukraine will not open any humanitarian corridors on Wednesday, the deputy prime minister said.
  • She said it was because Russia has ignored international law and cannot control its own troops.
  • Ukraine has previously accused Russia of firing on humanitarian corridors during evacuations.
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Ukraine's deputy prime minister said that the country would not be opening any humanitarian corridors on Wednesday, saying that it is too dangerous to do so because Russia is not able to control its troops on the ground.

Iryna Vereshchuk said on Wednesday: "Unfortunately, we are not opening them today," AFP reported.

"The situation along the routes is too dangerous and we are forced to refrain from opening humanitarian corridors today," Vereshchuk continued in a message on Telegram, as per AFP.

"The occupiers not only disregard the norms of international humanitarian law, but also cannot properly control their people on the ground."

A humanitarian corridor is an area without military activity that allows aid and supplies to be brought in during a conflict, and allow civilians to leave a besieged region.

Ukraine has repeatedly tried to open humanitarian corridors around the country during Russia's invasion, but has frequently closed or decided not to open them, citing the fear of Russian attacks

The corridors have been agreed on by both Russia and Ukraine, but Russia has previously fired on some of the corridors that it agreed on.

In early March, for instance, Ukraine accused Russia of shelling a humanitarian corridor between the southern port city of Mariupol and southeastern city of Zaporizhzhia.

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