MOSCOW, August 2 (RIA Novosti) – The head of a nonprofit group Spravedlivaya Pomoshch (Fair Aid) Elizaveta Glinka has urged the international community to organize humanitarian corridors for children fleeing fighting in Ukraine.
“I have a feeling that no one is willing to create it [humanitarian corridor]. We have been talking about this since April when the first clashes started. But why are they talking about battles, shelling, weapons, Grads and silence the need to evacuate children and ill persons,” Glinka, who is famous as Dr. Liza, told Rossiay-1 TV channel Saturday.
“Why don’t we have any organization that will do this? Everyone wants to take part and no one does this. I understand that this is dangerous but let third countries ensure their transfer to a safe place,” Glinka said in an interview.
When asked what countries should create humanitarian corridors, Glinka said: “Any country, now any country. Just move them out.”
“Children in the southeast are practically every day hit by bombings; they hear the sound of military aircraft. The worst is when relatives die in front of them. This is a huge psychological trauma for children,” she said.
Asked whether she plans to evacuate children if no agreement on humanitarian corridor is reached, Glinka said: “This is a difficult question. I will try to evacuate the injured children to provide them with the necessary aid, but naturally, without risking the lives of these children who have already suffered enough.”
In mid-April, Kiev launched a military crackdown on independence supporters in eastern Ukraine. According to the latest UN report, the conflict has claimed the lives of 1,129 civilians since then, with another 3,442 injured.
Russia is currently sheltering over 730,000 people who have left Ukraine since the start of the deadly conflict between government forces and independence supporters, according to the latest official data.