More than 2,000 foreign students could not leave Mariupol due to Russian shelling – Vereshchuk
Minister for Reintegration of the Temporary Occupied Territories of Ukraine Irina Vereshchuk appealed to the authorities of China and Turkey due to the fact that their students could not leave Mariupol because of the humanitarian corridor disrupted by Russian shelling.
According to Vereshchuk, we are talking about more than 2,000 citizens of India, Turkey, China, Pakistan and other countries.
“They, along with Ukrainian students, women, children and the elderly, suffer from cold, hunger, and the aggressive position of Russia. I would like to appeal to the authorities of Turkey, China and India. We texted all night about how to evacuate your citizens,” she stressed.
The minister asked if Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin today, knows about the disrupted humanitarian corridor.
– 70 citizens of his country, together with the Ukrainians, could not get a chance to survive. Do those who decide to continue to do everything so that Putin continues to show his brutality on civilians know about this? The whole world has to explain to itself what is going on,” Vereshchuk said.
She added that the Ukrainian authorities are trying to help Chinese students, who are also in Sumy and are afraid for their lives.
– What needs to be done so that we all understand together that today there are no citizens of China, India, Turkey or others. We do not distinguish whose citizens they are, we help everyone. Why can’t the leaders of the modern world, when they see how their citizens are being killed, unite to point out to Putin that this can’t be done, – said Irina Vereshchuk.
She clarified that Ukraine handed over all the documents to the Russian Federation and reported that there were foreign citizens in the convoy.
– Let's do everything to make humanitarian convoys work! the minister called.