Moscow: More than 1 million folks have been evacuated from Ukraine into Russia since Feb. 24, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov mentioned in remarks revealed early on Saturday.
The 1.02 million consists of 120,000 foreigners and folks evacuated from Russian-backed breakaway areas of Ukraine, the so-called Donetsk and Luhansk People`s republics, which Russia acknowledged as impartial simply earlier than launching its invasion.
According to knowledge from the United Nations, greater than 5.4 million folks have fled Ukraine for the reason that begin of the invasion. Moscow calls it a “special operation” to demilitarise and “denazify” its neighbour. Ukraine and the West say Russia launched an unprovoked warfare of aggression.
Lavrov, in feedback to China`s official Xinhua information company revealed on the Russian overseas ministry`s web site, mentioned 2.8 million folks in Ukraine have requested to be evacuated into Russia.
Ukraine has mentioned that Moscow has forcefully deported hundreds of individuals to Russia.
Efforts to evacuate civilians from some front-line areas, together with the besieged southern port of Mariupol, have repeatedly damaged down, with either side blaming the opposite.
Lavrov mentioned that if the United States and NATO are “truly” interested by resolving the Ukrainian disaster, they need to cease sending weapons to Kyiv.
“By publicly expressing support for the Kyiv regime, the NATO countries are doing everything to prevent the ending of the operation through political agreements,” Lavrov mentioned.