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Russia declares “Regime of Silence” to allow safe evacuations from Ukraine

By Saima Siddiqui 
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Kyiv: Russia has declared to temporarily cease fire and open humanitarian corridors in Ukraine capital Kyiv and three other cities from 0700 GMT (12.30 pm IST) today on March 7, the Russian defence ministry said.

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Russia announced to hold fire in Kyiv, Kharkiv, Mariupol and Sumy from 12.30 pm IST on Monday. The humanitarian corridors are being set up at the personal request of French President Emmanuel Macron, Russia’s defence ministry said.

Efforts to evacuate civilians from the besieged city of Mariupol failed for a second time today due to repeated ceasefire violations. Residents in the city are without power and water.

A barrage of Russian missiles destroys Vinnytsia airport in central Ukraine, President Volodymyr Zelensky said.

Three civilians, trying to flee Irpin, were killed by mortar fire, as per media reports.

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“In Ukraine rivers of blood and tears are flowing. This is not only a military operation but a war which is leading to death, destruction and misery,” said Pope Francis, rejecting the term “military operation” that Russia has used to describe its actions.

Global streaming entertainment service Netflix, top accounting firms KPMG and PWC, and financial services firm American Express all cut ties with Russia as the conflict with Ukraine escalated.

Police detained more than 4,600 people at Russia-wide protests against President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, according to an independent protest monitoring group.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said that he will achieve his goals in Ukraine “through negotiation or through war”.

Ukraine and Russia are expected to hold the third round of negotiation talks on Monday.

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Ukraine will ask the United Nations’ top court on Monday to issue an emergency ruling requiring Russia to stop its invasion, arguing that Moscow’s justification for the attack is based on a faulty interpretation of genocide law.

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