The Secretary of State said that earlier agreements on humanitarian corridors were disrupted, mainly because of Russia’s actions.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken expressed alarm about the humanitarian corridor that Ukraine is trying to create for the evacuation of people blocked by Russian troops in Mariupol.

“Of course, we want people who are in danger to be able to leave safely if they have the opportunity,” Blinken said.

The United States shares its assessments, he noted, but the Ukrainian government and people should decide for themselves whether it is worth the risk.

“What makes you think is that agreements on humanitarian corridors have already been concluded before, which were disrupted very, very quickly, if not immediately, mainly due to security violations by Russian forces,” Blinken said. “That’s why people leaving, thinking they could do it safely, came under fire.”

Blinken said that the world has witnessed “death, destruction and atrocities” after the withdrawal of Russian troops from Bucha, and “we can only assume that when this wave recedes from Mariupol, we will see much worse things, if it is possible to imagine.”