The Russia A 5 hour “partial ceasefire” was declared, and his army will halt “local” attacks this Saturday at 11 a.m. (6 p.m. in Brazil). Two areas will benefit (for now): Mariupol and Volnovoka.
According to the Russian news agency RIA, civilians can leave Mariupol and supplies and supplies can reach the city within those five hours.
The Russia Clarified that The reduction of the attack does not apply to the whole of Ukraine.
Mayor Mariupol said the ceasefire would allow work to restore the infrastructure destroyed by the bombings.
The Mariupol Council said the public can travel to the city of Zaporizhzhia and use well-organized bus routes and their own cars.
Shortly afterwards, Mariupol City Council The Russia The ceasefire was not respected on the whole humanitarian path.
According to Reuters, the Ukrainian government plans to evacuate about 200,000 people from Mariupol and 15,000 from Volnovoka. The ceasefire is being monitored by the Red Cross.
Mayor Mariupol said the city, which has a population of 450,000 in normal times, is “locked up” without electricity, food, water, gas and transportation. Separatist support forcesRussia And the Moscow army declared the city under siege.
After the Russian Ministry of Defense announced a ceasefire, the mayor of the port city announced that evacuation work would begin at 6 a.m. (Brasilia time).
“This is not an easy decision. Mariupol is not houses and streets. Mariupol is us and you,” the mayor said in a telegram.
Mariupol control Has a strategic character RussiaThis is because it will ensure regional continuity between its forces coming from the Crimean Peninsula and the pro-Moscow separatist territories of the Ukrainian part of the Donbass..
AFP reporters who visited the city on Saturday saw scenes of destruction, despite Russian President Vladimir Putin urging his forces not to attack residential areas.
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“We collected” ice and rainwater “to use when water was not available because of long queues at distribution sites, according to a volunteer organization Doctors Without Borders (MSF) who took refuge in Mariupol with his family.
“We also wanted to get ‘community’ bread (distributed by local authorities), but the time and distribution points were not clear. According to the population, many warehouses were destroyed by missiles and the rest were taken by those most in need,” he said.
Russian troops are simultaneously approaching the capital, Kiev, where they face intense opposition and bombing the western suburbs of the Ukrainian capital. The northern city of Chernihiv has been the target of a series of bombings, which have resulted in several civilian casualties in recent days.
Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksi Resnikov said on Saturday Russia He changed tactics as he noticed fierce opposition that halted his plan to overthrow the big cities quickly and overthrow the government of President Volodymyr Zhelensky.
“Yes, the enemy is advancing in some direction, but they are only controlling a small area. Our guards are blocking the invaders and pushing them back,” he said on Facebook.
“All sorts of planes are bombing cities and civilian infrastructure,” he added before blaming the Russian military. “Cowardice” And can only attack “children, women, unarmed civilians.”
Since President Vladimir Putin ordered the invasion Ukraine Feb. 24, The Russia Bombed several cities Ukraine And killed hundreds of civilians. It also struck Europe’s largest nuclear power plant, setting it on fire in 1986, raising fears of a new nuclear catastrophe such as Chernobyl.
Russian troops occupy two key cities during a 10-day siege: Berdyansk and GersonOn the Black Sea coast, south Ukraine.
President Zhelensky said the attack on the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant could end history. Ukraine. History of Europe “.
“Russian tank commanders know what they’ve aiming for,” Zhelensky told a U.S. Senate address online Saturday at Kiev’s request, a source in the Washington Legislature said.
U.S. Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield said the attack was “incredibly dangerous.” But Russia’s ambassador to the United Nations, Vasily Nebenzia, called the bombing of his country’s plant “unprecedented false propaganda.”
Some members of the US Congress have urged President Joe Biden to take a tougher line on the issue RussiaIncluding the cessation of oil imports.
Zhelensky strongly criticized the decision and said: The Atlantic Coalition “gave the green light to more bombings in Ukrainian cities”.
Fears that the military would increase with nuclear power prompted Washington and Moscow to establish a hotline between their armed forces to reduce the risk of “misunderstanding.”
However, Putin was not affected by the country’s economic, sporting and cultural isolation. Russia.
According to the Kremlin, Putin told his Belarusian colleague Alexander Lukashenko: “The task is set. Ukraine) Proceed according to plans and they will be fully implemented “.
Russian authorities accepted the information censorship and the two liberal media outlets ceased operations.
Many news sites, including the BBC, are partially inaccessible RussiaTwitter faces restrictions and Facebook is blocked.
The BBC and Bloomberg have announced they will suspend their presence Russia After Moscow passed a law imposing up to 15 years in prison and fines for publishing “fake news” about the military.
CNN said it would stop broadcasting RussiaThe independent Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta announced the removal of its content Ukraine After the approval of the new law.
Prosecutors at the International Criminal Court (ICC) are investigating war crimes committed in the Kharkiv bombings in Ukraine.
Minister of Foreign Affairs UkraineDmitry Kuleba demanded that a special court be set up to look into the “regrettable number of cases of rape of women in Ukrainian cities by Russian soldiers.”
The UN Human Rights Council has approved a high-level inquiry into violations of the invasion.
“The message for Putin is clear: you are universally isolated and the whole world is against you,” said Yevgenia Pilipenko, the council’s Ukrainian ambassador.
The UN says more than 1.2 million refugees have fled Ukraine From February 24th.
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