Poland's OSCE chief praises humanitarian corridors in Ukraine

The Russian invasion of Ukraine has caused a mass exodus of refugees but millions of civilians are still trapped in Ukrainian cities as Russia's attacks become more indiscriminate. Wojtek Jargiło/PAP

Zbigniew Rau, Poland's foreign minister and the chairman of the Organisation for the Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), has praised the Russian-Ukrainian agreement to create humanitarian corridors to evacuate civilians fleeing the war in Ukraine.

The Russian invasion of Ukraine has caused a mass exodus of refugees but millions of civilians are still trapped in Ukrainian cities as Russia's attacks become more indiscriminate.

Delegations from Russia and Ukraine agreed to the humanitarian solution during yet another round of talks held on Thursday.

"I welcome an agreement to create humanitarian corridors for the evacuation of civilians from besieged Ukrainian cities," Rau tweeted on Friday.

"With the majority of OSCE countries, I have been calling for this since the conflict's outbreak," Rau also said, adding that he had asked the OSCE's secretary-general, Helga Schmid, "to take appropriate action."

Russia's apparent plan to quickly seize Ukraine's main cities and install a puppet government in Kyiv loyal to Moscow has been foiled by fierce Ukrainian resistance, turning the conflict into a prolonged slog that has already caused thousands of casualties on both sides.