The U.S. Secretary of State said that the decision on whether the humanitarian corridor created for this purpose in Mariupol is safe and reliable should ultimately be made by the Ukrainian government.

The United States would like to see a safe exit of the civilian population from Mariupol, and is assisting Kiev in assessing the situation. This was stated on Wednesday by U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken at a press conference in Panama. His speech was broadcast on the website of the Department of State.

The Secretary of State was asked to comment on the situation around Ukraine and humanitarian corridors in Mariupol. “Of course, we want people in danger to be able to leave it (the city) safely. The decision on whether the humanitarian corridor created for this purpose in Mariupol is safe and reliable should ultimately be made by the Ukrainian government. We certainly help in this process by providing our own assessments and analysis,” the chief of American diplomacy said.

According to him, “in the end, the decision to withdraw falls on the shoulders of the people themselves, who have to make this very difficult decision.” He reiterated that the United States “will do everything possible” to help the Ukrainian government make a decision on humanitarian corridors.”

On Tuesday and Wednesday, the Russian armed forces opened a humanitarian corridor for the withdrawal of Ukrainian servicemen and nationalist militants who voluntarily laid down their arms from Azovstal and, possibly, civilians who are there. Russian troops declared a regime of silence and formed humanitarian convoys.

On Wednesday, Deputy Prime Minister – Minister for the Reintegration of Uncontrolled Territories of Ukraine Iryna Vereshchuk announced the achievement of a preliminary agreement on the organization of a humanitarian corridor for residents of Mariupol.