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Russia’s Defense Ministry has announced a ceasefire around the giant fortress-like Azovstal steelworks in Ukraine’s port city of Mariupol to allow a civilian evacuation from the flashpoint industrial area, almost a week after Moscow said it had fully seized the city.
Russian President Putin had a telephone conversation with President of the European Council Charles Michel. Oligarch Igor Surkis was detained on the border with Poland. American and Chilean journalist Gonzalo Lira, who was thought to have been killed by the far right, was found alive.
Who controls Mariupol controls the Sea of Azov. A humanitarian corridor for civilian evacuations was set, and Patrick Lancaster does brief interviews with people on the street.
Bringing basic supplies to civilians fleeing the Russia-Ukraine conflict zone. Learn more..
The technical pause taken by Russian forces has ended. The mass civilian evacuation from the cities in eastern and central regions of the country failed. In many cities, evacuation is only possible after Russian troops take control of street by street.
In Kharkov, militants hid bodies of civilians killed during a punitive operation against persons who did not support Kiev.
Soldiers of Ukraine nationalist battalions completely blocked the exit for civilian evacuation from the cities for thousands of local residents.