Russia declares partial ceasefire

Russia declares partial ceasefire

MOSCOW: Russia has on Saturday declared a partial ceasefire with the view to allow humanitarian corridors out of the Ukrainian cities of Volnovakha and Mariupol.

The Russia’s defence ministry said that from 10am Moscow time (0700 GMT), the Russian side declares a ceasefire besides opening of humanitarian corridors to allow civilians to leave Volnovakha and Mariupol.

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Meanwhile, Russia had blocked Facebook and some other websites. Moscow also passed a law that gave the country much stronger powers to crack down on journalism. As a result, Bloomberg, BBC and other foreign media suspended reporting in the country.

The war had rendered over one million people refugees. Russia is now facing a barrage of sanctions that are increasingly isolating Moscow.

Russia said its invasion is a “special operation” to arrest elements it regards as dangerous nationalists, and has denied targeting civilians.