(QHA) -

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Moscow welcomes Ukraine's decision to establish humanitarian corridors in eastern Ukraine where government forces continue fighting pro-Russian separatists. 

Lavrov said on June 10 he hoped Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko's decision was "not a military move" to give security forces a free hand, Itar-tass reports.

 President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko on June 10 tasked to create a corridor for peaceful population, wishing to leave  the territory where the government is conducting "counterterrorist operation."

“To prevent new victims in the area where the anti-terrorist operation is conducted, the President of Ukraine tasked law enforcers to create all necessary conditions for peaceful population, who wishes to leave,”- the statement reads.

Washington also welcomed the move, with State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki urging Kyiv to work with the United Nations and other aid groups to ensure the safety of civilians fleeing fighting in eastern Ukraine.

He was speaking at a joint press conference after talks in St. Petersburg with his German and Polish counterparts.