Kiev has no control over its armed forces, and so the humanitarian corridor in southeast Ukraine can only be opened with international and first and foremost Russia's mediation, said Denis Pushilin, one of the leaders of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DNR).
"For us, the Russian Federation is the firmest guarantor," Pushilin told journalists in Moscow on Wednesday.
He claims that Kiev is not in control over its forces. "These are gangs, they are not even army units, so talking to them now without mediators does not appear possible," the Donetsk politician said.
Meanwhile, he stressed, the opening of such a humanitarian corridor is extremely important for getting children, women, the elderly and the injured removed from the hotspots.
The DPR has already sent requests to a number of international organizations asking to help open the humanitarian corridor, Pushilin said. The requests were sent to the United Nations (UN), the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), he said. However, the Donbas pins its main hopes in this respect on Russia, the DPR representative said.
Asked whether there was any exact data on casualties from the security operation in southeast Ukraine, Pushilin said there were no exact figures but "people are dying every day, cities are under an information blockade."
He said the purpose of his trip to Moscow is to attend a rally in support of the DNR due to be held in Suvorovskaya Square on Wednesday evening. Pushilin would not say whom exactly he is going to meet in Moscow apart from Duma faction members of the Russian Liberal Democratic Party.
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