Astakhov asks Ukrainian president for corridor to evacuate children from southeast regions

Russian Presidential Children's Rights Ombudsman Pavel Astakhov has asked Ukrainian President Elect Petro Poroshenko to meet international commitments and to open a humanitarian corridor for refugees.

Russian Presidential Children's Rights Ombudsman Pavel Astakhov has asked Ukrainian President Elect Petro Poroshenko to meet international commitments and to open a humanitarian corridor for refugees.

"The president elect should pay attention to the Ukrainian fulfillment of the commitments it undertook as a UN member country," Astakhov told reporters on Tuesday.

Russia is ready to admit about 90,000 Ukrainian orphans, he said. "We are quite capable of admitting orphans from southeastern Ukraine, all orphans from boarding schools," Astakhov said, adding that the absence of humanitarian corridors hindered that project.

"How can you preach European values and disregard your commitments at the same time?" Astakhov said indignantly.

Ukrainian border guards stopped a bus of underage refugees on the border with Russia on Saturday. The children had to leave Ukraine on foot.

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