A partial ceasefire was agreed between Russia and Ukraine on Saturday to allow humanitarian corridors to be opened for civilians to leave the cities of Mariupol and Volnovakha
Russia on Saturday declared a partial ceasefire to allow humanitarian corridors out of the Ukrainian cities of Mariupol and Volnovakha, the Russian Defense Ministry said.
“From 10 a.m. Moscow time (7 a.m. UK time), the Russian side declares a ceasefire and the opening of humanitarian corridors to allow civilians to leave Mariupol and Volnovakha,” Russian news agencies quoted the Russian Defense Ministry as saying.
It comes as the war entered its 10th day on Saturday, as Russian troops besieged and bombed cities in the biggest attack on a European state since World War II.
The fighting has spawned over 1 million refugees, a barrage of sanctions increasingly isolating Moscow, and fears in the West of a broader global conflict unthought of in decades.
Moscow says its invasion is a “special operation” to capture those it sees as dangerous nationalists and has denied attacking civilians.
Ukraine’s State Service for Special Communications and Information Protection says Russian forces have focused their efforts on encircling Kyiv and Kharkiv, the second largest city, while aiming to establish a land bridge to Crimea.
Kyiv, in the path of a Russian tank column that has been stalled outside the Ukrainian capital for days, is under renewed attack, with explosions heard from the city center.
Russian forces have also encircled and shelled the southeastern port city of Mariupol — a key loot. According to Mayor Vadym Boychenko, there is no water, heating or electricity, and food is running out.
“We’ll just be destroyed,” he said.
President Vladimir Putin’s actions have been condemned almost universally, and many countries have imposed heavy sanctions as the West weighs punishment against avoiding widening the conflict.
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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is expected to urge Washington for further help in a Zoom call with the entire US Senate at 2.30pm (UK time) on Saturday.
The United States is considering cuts in Russian oil imports and ways to minimize the impact on global supplies and consumers, while lawmakers speed up legislation that would ban Russian energy imports.
At a meeting on Friday, NATO allies rejected Ukraine’s appeal for no-fly zones, saying they would increase their support but direct intervention could make the situation worse.
“We have a responsibility … to prevent this war from escalating beyond Ukraine because that would be more dangerous, more devastating and cause more human suffering,” said NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/breaking-russia-announces-temporary-ceasefire-26392305 Russia announces a temporary ceasefire in Ukraine after more than a week of war