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Russia declares ceasefire in Ukraine’s Mariupol, to open humanitarian corridors for civilians

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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Moscow: Russia has declared a partial ceasefire in Ukraine on Saturday (March 5) to allow humanitarian corridors out of the Ukrainian cities of Mariupol and Volnovakha, Russia’s defence ministry said.

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Ceasefire will allow residents to evacuate from the war-torn nation, says Russian defence ministry. “Today, March 5, from 10 am Moscow time, the Russian side declares a regime of silence and opens humanitarian corridors for the exit of civilians from Mariupol and Volnovakha,” the Russian defence ministry was quoted as saying by Russian news agencies.

The Russian defence ministry also said that humanitarian corridors and exit routes were discussed with the Ukrainian counterparts earlier during the second round of discussions in Belarus’ Brest.

The Ukrainian side urged that the Russians should declare an immediate ceasefire and called for building humanitarian corridors for evacuating civilians. Ukraine’s presidential adviser, Mykhailo Podolyak earlier on Thursday tweeted that both sides agreed regarding the proposal of humanitarian corridors.

Sputnik News quoted Mykhailo Podolyak as saying that at least 20,000 people want to leave the city of Volnovakha which is situated in the Donetsk region..

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Though air raids continue to sound across Ukrainian cities and Russian ‘military operation’ continues, Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said that Russia is ready for a diplomatic solution if Ukraine is ready to accept its demands.

Due to the war in Ukraine, the UN refugee agency, at least 160,000 people are displaced within the country following the military operation declared by Russian president Vladimir Putin. Refugees have fled to Poland, Hungary, Moldova and other neighbouring nations seeking refuge from the constant Russian attacks which have also targeted civilian settlements in Ukraine’s cities.

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