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“There are our roadblocks around Sloviansk which act as a filter. Unarmed people can freely leave the dangerous area through them,” he said, adding that they were quite effective in stopping armed militiamen.
Krutov said Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko “has instructed (us) to create a rescue (humanitarian) corridor for the civilians who wish to leave the area” where the army operation is underway. “We are already working on this,” he added.
“The Ukrainian security forces and neo-Nazi are using prohibited weapons against people in Sloviansk, firing at refuges and killing children,” he wrote on his Twitter account. “Poroshenko’s promises to stop the punitive operation and create safe humanitarian corridors for refuges are not being fulfilled.”
Meanwhile, about 15,000 refugees from war-torn regions of Ukraine have crossed into neighbouring Russia.
Russian presidential chief of staff Sergei Ivanov said Moscow would urge Kiev to create humanitarian corridors for refugees in the south-eastern regions.
“We will demand that the Ukrainian authorities create these corridors,” he said, adding that he admired the way Russian people were treating the refugees. “People remain warm and friendly towards Ukrainians. After all we share the same genetic code,” he said.
“We have to admit that even in their absence (of humanitarian corridors) people - women, children and the elderly - manage to cross the border in the ever growing numbers and turn to us for help, which we certainly provide,” Ivanov said.