Ukraine orders civilian corridors in separatist east

June 11, 2014 - 12:30:43 am

KIEV: Ukraine’s new Western-backed president yesterday ordered the creation of humanitarian corridors in the separatist east that could save civilians and advance his plan to end nearly two months of fighting by the end of the week.

Tycoon Petro Poroshenko’s initiative meets a major demand put forward by Moscow and helps address growing concern among rights groups about Kiev’s use of tanks and air power in heavily populated areas to suppress the pro-Russian insurgency.

But the 48-year-old chocolatier and political veteran stopped well short of accepting the Kremlin’s request to allow Russian aid into the eastern rustbelt — a move Kiev fears could be used to help arm the rebels.

“In order to avoid new victims in the zone of the anti-terrorist operation, the president has ordered the responsible ministers to bring about all necessary conditions for civilians who want to leave,” Poroshenko’s office said.

AFP

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