Evacuation routes from Kyiv take civilians 'into Russian arms'_freckle removal natural

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IRPIN, UKRAINE - MARCH 06: Civilians evacuate the settlements during the Russian attacks on Ukraine in the city of Irpin, northwest of Kyiv, Ukraine on March 06, 2022. Following Russia's large-scale attacks on Ukraine, more than a million people have fled the country, with hundreds of thousands crossing through Lviv on their route to Poland. (Photo by Wolfgang Schwan/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
Civilians evacuate the settlements during the Russian attacks on Ukraine in the city of Irpin on Sunday (Getty)

"Safe corridors" meant to evacuate civilians fleeing the besieged Ukrainian cities of Kyiv and Kharkiv will lead people straight into the arms of Russians, it has emerged.

Ceasefire agreements on Saturday and Sunday failed after Vladimir Putin's forces shelled the civilians who were trying to flee to safety.

On Monday, Russia announced new "humanitarian corridors" to transport Ukrainians trapped under its bombardment.

However, maps of the evacuation routes published by Russia’s RIA Novosti news agency show that civilians leaving Kharkiv and Kyiv will only be able to flee to Russia and its close ally Belarus.

Evacuations routes from the smaller cities of Mariupol and Sumy will transport civilians into Ukrainian territory.

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Russia's defence ministry said anyone who wanted to leave Kyiv can be airlifted out, although drones would be used to monitor the evacuation.

The humanitarian corridors are being opened at the request of French President Emmanuel Macron.

A spokesperson for Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy called the move "completely immoral" and said Russia was trying to "use people's suffering to create a television picture".

"They are citizens of Ukraine, they should have the right to evacuate to the territory of Ukraine,"

UK Foreign Office minister James Cleverly called the move “nonsense” because it would take fleeing Ukrainians “into the arms of the country that is currently destroying yours”.

He told the BBC: "It appears cynical beyond belief. There is a view that Vladimir Putin believed there was a widespread desire of Ukrainians to be closer to Russia, to be more Russian. I think that has been proven to be a complete nonsense by the circumstances we are seeing.

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