An evacuation corridor from the city of Sumy, northeastern Ukraine will stay in operation Wednesday, regional governor Dmytro Zhyvytskyy said in a social media post.
“Friends! The negotiation team worked all night, and they extended the humanitarian corridor operation from Sumy to Poltava today,” Zhyvytskyy said early Wednesday, adding the corridor will be open from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. local time.
People will be able to travel in their personal vehicles, he said. Also, 22 buses used during Tuesday’s evacuation will be returned to the city from the central city of Poltava to help the evacuations from about 2 p.m. local time, he said.
“They are the same buses we had yesterday for the first transport column. They will be used to transport pregnant women, women with children, elderly, and people with disabilities,” he added.
The corridor enabled some 5,000 civilians to evacuate the city on Tuesday, according to deputy head of the Ukrainian presidential office Kirill Timoshenko.
Some context: Sumy has been subjected to heavy attacks by Russian forces in the past few days, with most of its population cut off from the rest of Ukraine. An overnight airstrike in the city on Monday killed at least 21 civilians.