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Russia announces a ceasefire to allow humanitarian corridors



Russia has announced a temporary ceasefire in Ukraine from 10am Moscow time (7am UK) to allow humanitarian corridors to be established out of the cities of Mariupol and Volnovakha, according to Russian media..

The announcement was made by the country’s defence ministry, Reuters reported, citing the Interfax and RIA News agencies.

The city has been desperately clinging on in the face of a Russian onslaught with no water, heat or electricity, and dwindling supplies of food.

Mariupol’s mayor said his priority was to establish a ceasefire and set up a corridor to bring in food and medicine as the city comes under blockage by Russian forces and after enduring days of “ruthless” attacks.

Meanwhile Ukraine’s president has accused Nato of giving a “green light” to Russian bombing because the alliance refuses to impose a no-fly zone over his country.

Nato on Friday rejected Kyiv’s request to establish a no-fly zone over Ukraine amid fears that it could drag Western countries into direct military conflict with Russia.

Volodymyr Zelensky attacked the Nato gathering as “weak” and “confused” and said the alliance knew that further Russian aggression was likely.

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