Russia declared a ceasefire in the cities of Volnovaka and the strategic port of Mariupol, which are under heavy attack. On Saturday, state news agencies published a statement from the Defense Force that Russian forces would stop firing at 10:00 Moscow time, to allow humanitarian corridors to exit from Ukrainian cities.
There has been no confirmation yet from the Ukrainian forces. It was also not clear from Russia’s statement how long the corridors would remain open.
The two cities were subjected to heavy bombardment. On Friday, the mayor of Mariupol appealed for humanitarian corridors to allow people to flee and bring in food and medical supplies. The mayor said Mariupol had no water, no heating, no electricity and had run out of food after being attacked by Russian forces over the past five days. in Volnovkha, Local MP Dmytro Lubinets said the attack was so severe that bodies were not collected, those trapped in shelters ran out of supplies, and 90% of buildings were damaged or destroyed.
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky said NATO had given “the green light for further bombing of Ukraine” by excluding a no-fly zone. Zelensky criticized NATO for refusing to impose a no-fly zone UkraineBy saying, “Everyone who dies from this day forward will also die because of you, because of your weakness, because of your lack of loneliness.”
NATO warned Friday that the imposition of a no-fly zone could lead to all-out war in Europe with nuclear-armed Russia. “The only way to implement a no-fly zone is to send NATO fighter jets into Ukrainian airspace, and then enforce that no-fly zone by shooting down Russian planes,” NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg said. NATO foreign ministers discussed a “no-fly zone” over Ukraine but It agreed that NATO aircraft should not operate over Ukrainian airspaceStoltenberg said.
On Friday, Russian forces took control of Ukraine’s Zaporizhia nuclear plant, the largest of its kind in Europe, after an attack that sparked a fire near one of its six reactors. Radiation release has not been reported, But Ukrainian officials said workers were unable to check all safety infrastructure in the wake of the attack.
An emergency summit of the UN Security Council was called after the attack on the Zaporizhzhya power plant. The US ambassador to the United Nations, Linda Thomas Greenfield, said the world She narrowly escaped a “nuclear disaster” He condemned Russia’s actions as “reckless” and “dangerous.” The US embassy in Ukraine says the attack on the nuclear plant is a war crime.
Russian President Vladimir Putin introduced a series of new laws to suppress the free press. Putin has signed a bill into law providing prison sentences of up to 15 years for people who spread “false information” about the Russian military as Russia presses ahead with its invasion. Ukraine.
Several outlets have stopped operating in Russia or are removing coverage as a result. The BBC, CNN, Bloomberg and CBC have all announced the suspension of their operations or broadcasts in the country, saying the law “criminalizes independent reporting in the country”. Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta said It will remove material related to Russian military actions in Ukraine from its website.
Russian state media regulators blocked access to Twitter and Facebook. Russia’s state media regulator Roskomnadzor has restricted access to Twitter, and the state has banned Facebook across the country.
Putin also signed a bill that would allow for fines or prison sentences of up to three years to demand penalties Russia. The past year has seen an increasingly harsh crackdown on independent and critical voices in Russia, which intensified after the start of the invasion.
Seven people, including two children, were killed, after a Russian air strike targeted a rural residential area in the Kyiv region on Friday. Ukrainian police said. Police said the strike hit the village of Markhalevka, about six miles from the southwestern outskirts of the Ukrainian capital.
More than 1.2 million people fled from Ukraine to neighboring countries Since Russia launched its massive invasion on February 24, the United Nations said, Including about half a million children.
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