Ukraine-Russia war latest news: Mariupol claims Putin’s troops not observing ceasefire



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Russian forces are not observing the agreed ceasefire along the full length of a planned route for the evacuation of Ukraine civilians, the city council of Mariupol said.

“We are negotiating with the Russian side to confirm the ceasefire along the entire evacuation route,” it said in a statement.

It comes after Russia said its troops would “go silent” in two key cities today to allow people to flee the conflict.

The ceasefire in Mariupol was planned to last until 2pm after the evacuation along a humanitarian corridor began at 9am, a top official in city official has said.

Pavlo Kirilenko, head of the Donetsk military-civil administration that includes Mariupol, said the humanitarian corridor would extend from the city to Zaporizhzhia.

But Russia’s RIA news agency has since quoted the Russian defense ministry as saying its troops will continue its “broad offensive” in the country.

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Over 66.00 Ukrainian men have returned from abroad to fight, says defense minister

More than 66,200 men have returned to Ukraine from abroad to join the fight against the Russian invasion, the country’s defense minister has said.

Men of military age have been barred from leaving Ukraine due to the war, which is estimated to have killed hundreds of civilians in its first 10 days.

Emily Atkinson5 March 2022 10:58

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UK urges citizens to consider leaving Russia

“If your presence in Russia is not essential, we strongly advise that you consider leaving by remaining commercial routes,” it said in a statement.

It comes after UK citizens were advised on Monday to avoid all travel to Russia due to a lack of available flight options and increased economic volatility

Emily Atkinson5 March 2022 10:43

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Zara owner halts trade in Russia

Inditex, the Spanish fashion retailer that owns Zara, has said it is halting trade in Russia, closing its 502 shops and stopping online sales,.

In a statement shared with the Spanish regulator on Saturday, Inditex said: “In the current circumstances Inditex cannot guarantee the continuity of the operations and commercial conditions in the Russian Federation and temporarily suspends its activity.”

Emily Atkinson5 March 2022 10:39

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Kremlin slams West for behaving like ‘bandits’

A Kremlin spokesperson today said that Western countries were behaving like bandits in their response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

He told reporters that the West was engaged in “economic baditry” against Russia and that Moscow would respond. He did not specify what response there would be but said it would be in line with Russian interests.

“This does not mean Russia is isolated,” Peskov told reporters. “The world is too big for Europe and America to isolate a country, and even more so a country as big as Russia. There are many more countries in the world.”

He added that if the US imposed sanctions on Russia’s energy exports then it would roil energy markets.

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Lithuania to receive new military deployment from Germany, US and the Netherlands

Lithuania’s defense minister today announced that Germany will send air defense capabilities and the US a troop battalion armed with tanks to the country.

The deployment is also due to include more troops from the Netherlands, Arvydas Anusauskas said.

The most recent package will increase the total number of foreign NATO troops in Lithuania to 4,000 by end-March from 3,000 now, the added.

German president Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Lithuanian president Gitanas Nauseda during a visit to Rukla base, Lithuania

(EPA)

Emily Atkinson5 March 2022 09:57

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Russian troops not observing ceasefire on full civilian evacuation route, council says

Russian forces were not observing the agreed ceasefire along the whole length of a planned route for the evacuation of civilians planned between 9am and 2pm today, the city council of Mariupol said.

“We are negotiating with the Russian side to confirm the ceasefire along the entire evacuation route,” it said in a statement.

Emily Atkinson5 March 2022 09:38

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In pictures: Ukrainian refugees wait in line at the border with Poland

Images have captured fleeing Ukrainians walking through fields carrying their belongings to the border crossing in Medyka, Poland.

The UN security council scheduled an open meeting for Monday on the worsening humanitarian situation. It estimates that 12 million people in Ukraine and 4 million fleeing to neighboring countries in the coming months will need humanitarian aid.

It comes as at least 331 civilians have been confirmed killed, but the true number is probably much higher, the UN human rights office said.

(AP)

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Emily Atkinson5 March 2022 09:30

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Russia and Belarus to discuss creating safe corridors for foreigners leaving Ukraine

There will be further agreements with Russia on establishing humanitarian corridors to evacuate civilians from front line communities, Ukrainian interior ministry adviser Anton Herashchenko has said.

“There will definitely be more agreements like this for all other territories,” he said, referring to an existing evacuation plan for the besieged Ukrainian port city of Mariupol.

It comes as Russian state media has said Russian and Belarusian foreign ministers are planning to discuss creating safe corridors for foreigners leaving Ukraine.

Emily Atkinson5 March 2022 09:24

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‘Nato cannot protect us!’: Chernihiv woman devastated as house set on fire

A local Ukrainian television station aired footage of what it said was the aftermath of Russian shelling on the outskirts of the northern city of Chernihiv.

In footage broadcast by Novyi Chernihiv TV, homes could be seen burning close to Chernihiv with residents in tears over the scenes.

‘Nato cannot protect us!’ Chernihiv woman devastated as house set on fire

Emily Atkinson5 March 2022 09:16

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Ukraine war result of ‘entire conspiracy’, says Tugendhat

President Putin has turned Russia into “an organization rather more akin to a gangster group or a mafia outfit”, the chairman of the Commons foreign affairs committee has said.

Tom Tugendhat told BBC Radio 4’s Today program he wants to see a court modeled on the Nuremberg trials after the World War Two to hold Putin and his inner circle to account.

He said this would be a “step further” than the investigation announced by the International Criminal Court (ICC), which he said would focus on war crimes.

“What we’re seeing in Ukraine today is not just the result of a crime but actually of an entire conspiracy,” he said.

Emily Atkinson5 March 2022 09:13


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