Kyiv, Moscow agree to humanitarian corridors

  • Second round of talks between delegations from Kyiv and Moscow have ended with the two sides creating humanitarian corridors.
  • Russian President Vladimir Putin says operations in Ukraine were going to plan.
  • Russian troops have seized control of Kherson, in Ukraine’s south.
  • Several other cities, including the capital, Kyiv, northeastern Kharkiv and Mariupol, in the southeast, continue to be attacked.
  • President Volodymyr Zelenskyy says Ukraine’s defence lines are holding.

    Aid organisations need access in Ukraine: USAID head

    The head of the State Department’s US Agency for International Development (USAID) says humanitarian access to Ukrainian population centres is needed in order to deliver needed aid.Speaking virtually at the German Marshall Fund of the United States think tank, Samantha Power said humanitarian aid is already being stockpiled for delivery near Ukraine’s border.

    “The big issue of modern conflict – as you know in places like Syria, Yemen, elsewhere and Ethiopia most dramatically – is access,” Power said.“It’s just authorities or those who have a monopoly on violence in a particular area or having a military advantage denying humanitarian access. And so that cannot happen in this instance.”

    Kyiv, Moscow agree corridors to evacuate civilians: Ukraine

    Ukraine and Russia have agreed to create humanitarian corridors to evacuate civilians in a second round of talks since Moscow invaded last week, a top Ukrainian official said.

    “The second round of talks is over. Unfortunately, Ukraine does not have the results it needs yet. There are decisions only on the organisation of humanitarian corridors,” Ukrainian presidential advisor Mykhailo Podolyak said on Twitter.

    Meanwhile, Russian chief negotiator Vladimir Medinsky also confirmed the news of agreement of the corridors and a possible ceasefire around them, describing the talks as “substantial progress”.

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