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

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A man takes a photo of the remains of a missile in a street in Vydubychi district of Kyiv, Ukraine

Russia-Ukraine war: Russian state news agencies report the Russian military will observe a ceasefire from 07:00 GMT in two areas of Ukraine starting Saturday to allow civilians to evacuate.

The Russian Defense Ministry says in a statement carried by the RIA Novosti and Tass agencies it has agreed on evacuation routes with Ukrainian forces to allow civilians to leave the strategic port of Mariupol in the southeast and the eastern town of Volnovakha.

There is no immediate confirmation from Ukrainian forces, and it is not immediately clear how long the evacuation routes would remain open.

Ukraine and Russia had agreed on humanitarian corridors, Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s adviser announced on Thursday from Belarus. After the latest talks ended, Ukraine’s president’s adviser Mykhailo Podolyak reported the tentative agreement to allow ceasefires in areas designated as safe corridors. “Also for delivery of medicaments and food to the places where the most hostile fighting takes place,” Podolyak said. He also said that the two sides will continue discussing “truce issues” at next round of talks.

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