“There was an settlement on humanitarian corridors. Did that work? Russian tanks labored as an alternative, Russian Grads (a number of rocket launchers), Russian mines,” Zelensky stated in a video posted on Telegram.
The Ukrainian chief stated Russian forces mined the highway chosen to carry meals and medication to the besieged metropolis of Mariupol in southern Ukraine.
Accusing Moscow of “cynicism”, Zelensky additionally stated Russian troops destroyed buses that had been as a result of evacuate civilians from the fight zones.
However Zelensky added that Kyiv would proceed to barter with Russia to achieve a peace deal.
“I am staying right here, I am staying in Kyiv… I am not afraid,” he stated.
Russia on Monday morning had introduced the creation of corridors to permit civilians to depart a number of besieged Ukrainian cities, with the humanitarian scenario deteriorating as provides begin to run low.
However Ukraine refused to evacuate civilians to Russia as 4 of Moscow’s six proposed corridors led to Russia or its ally Belarus.
Russia on Monday night introduced that native ceasefires in Ukrainian cities together with the capital Kyiv, Kharkiv, Mariupol and Sumy would start from 0700 GMT on Tuesday to facilitate the evacuation of civilians.
Moscow has stated the routes are nonetheless as a result of be authorized by Ukraine.