Russia’s state news agency says Russian military forces will observe a ceasefire from Saturday to allow the evacuation of civilians in two regions of Ukraine.
Russia’s Defense Ministry said in a statement issued by the RIA Novosti and TAS agencies that it had agreed with the Ukrainian army to allow civilians to leave the southeastern strategic port of Mariupol and the eastern city of Volnovakha. It could not be immediately confirmed by Ukrainian forces. It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post.
Sputnik further tweeted, “Russia has declared a ceasefire to open humanitarian corridors for Ukrainian civilians from 8 am local time.”
According to a media report, the mayor of Mariupol, Vadim Boychenko, said that Russian forces had laid siege to the Ukrainian port city of Mariupol. The Russian military launched a military operation in Ukraine on February 24, three days after Moscow recognized the separate territories of Ukraine (Donetsk and Luhansk) as independent entities.