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Russia declares a temporary ceasefire in two Ukrainian cities to allow civilians to leave the country after a week of bloodshed

RUSSIA has declared a temporary ceasefire to allow civilians to leave two besieged cities, Vladimir Putin’s state media have claimed.

The tyrant’s forces will reportedly halt their bombardments in the strategic port of Mariupol in the south-east and in the eastern city of Volnovakha.

A woman reacts as she stands in front of a burning house in the town of Irpin after being shot at

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A woman reacts as she stands in front of a burning house in the town of Irpin after being shot atPhoto credit: AFP
Destroyed and burned out Russian armored vehicles in the city of Bucha, west of Kyiv

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Destroyed and burned out Russian armored vehicles in the city of Bucha, west of KyivPhoto credit: AFP
A Ukrainian soldier walks past a school building that was destroyed by shelling in Zhytomyr

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A Ukrainian soldier walks past a school building that was destroyed by shelling in ZhytomyrPhoto credit: Reuters

Ukraine has not yet confirmed the ceasefire and it is not immediately clear how long these evacuation corridors will remain open.

It comes after a week of vicious bloodshed that saw thousands of civilians slaughtered at the hands Putin’s powers.

The ceasefire begins at 7am UK time – giving the besieged people of Ukraine the shortest window of rest.

“Today, March 5, from 10 a.m. Moscow time, the Russian The side declares a regime of silence and opens humanitarian corridors for the escape of civilians from Mariupol and Volnovakha,” Putin’s ministry said.

Mariupol was one of the most brutalized wartime cities as the Russians blocked it, cutting off food, water, heating and transport in the depths of the water.

It has been compared to the Nazi blockade of Leningrad in World War II.

“Right now we are looking for solutions to humanitarian problems and all possible ways to get Mariupol out of the blockade,” Mayor Vadim Boychenko said.

Before the Russian announcement, he called for a ceasefire and a humanitarian corridor for food and medicine.

Putin’s invasion has drawn condemnations and heavy sanctions from Western nations, balancing the Kremlin’s punishment with fears of a dangerous escalation.

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Moscow has captured two key cities, Berdyansk and Kherson on Ukraine’s southern Black Sea coast, in its 10-day invasion.

But capturing Mariupol, a city of about 450,000 on the Sea of ​​Azov, would be a greater price for Russian forces, as it would deal a severe blow to Ukraine’s naval access and link troops from annexed Crimea and Donbass.


It comes as:


Peace talks are expected to resume today – but Ukraine remains defiant as civilians prepare to fight back amid Russia’s grueling advance.

And according to civilians fleeing Volnovakha — the other city was granted a brief moment of peace in the truce — the city was almost completely destroyed.

The eastern city was bombarded by artillery and attacked by pro-Russian separatists from the very first day of the invasion.

“The attacks lasted all night and all day. We told the kids it was thunder,” said one resident, Viktor.

“We can never return to Volnovakha. Everything is ruined and nothing is left.”

The nefarious dictator Putin had denied bombing Ukrainian civilians despite overwhelming evidence showing the horrors of his invasion.

Children have been killed in its indiscriminate bombing, which is said to have used weapons such as cluster munitions and vacuum bombs.

In a phone call with Chancellor Olaf Scholz, the Russian tyrant insisted that the information about the bombing was falsified.

The Kremlin later released a statement saying, “The alleged ongoing airstrikes on Kyiv and other major cities are gross propaganda fabrications.”

Delusional Putin said he was open to talks with Ukraine, but only on condition that “all Russian demands are met”.

The Kremlin later released a statement saying, “The alleged ongoing airstrikes on Kyiv and other major cities are gross propaganda fabrications.”

Delusional Putin said he was open to talks with Ukraine, but only on condition that “all Russian demands are met”.

Vlad’s bizarre denial comes as he claims war he unleashed was a “success”although the Russian army suffered heavy casualties.

And this comes as a US official said Russia is preparing to send 1,000 additional mercenaries to Ukraine in the near future.

Meanwhile, Russia yesterday took control of Europe’s largest power plant in Zaporizhia – after a fight that set the plant on fire.

Putin has been condemned internationally for his actions that could have triggered the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl.

Russia has found that its invasion was mortified by logistical problems – with reports of tanks running out of fuel and soldiers running out of supplies.

Smoke rises from the damaged training building at the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant

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Smoke rises from the damaged training building at the Zaporizhia nuclear power plantPhoto credit: AFP
People crowd as they try to board a train bound for Lviv at Kyiv railway station

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People crowd as they try to board a train bound for Lviv at Kyiv railway stationCredit: AP
A Ukrainian soldier carries a baby across a destroyed bridge on the outskirts of Kyiv

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A Ukrainian soldier carries a baby across a destroyed bridge on the outskirts of KyivPhoto credit: Eyevine
People remove their belongings from their burning house in Irpin

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People remove their belongings from their burning house in IrpinPhoto credit: AFP

Putin is said to have thought he could overrun Ukraine in just 48 hours – and his troops thought they would be greeted as heroes.

But instead they are bogged down against a staunch resistance.

Putin is also becoming increasingly isolated in the world as Russia feels the crushing weight of Western sanctions.

However, Moscow seems increasingly frustrated – and there are fears that Putin may resort to increasingly brutal tactics as the war progresses.

It is believed that Kyiv remains the main target of the Russians.

And a huge convoy of armored vehicles lurks nearby, apparently preparing for a protracted siege.

The so-called “Convoy of Death” is puzzling, however, as it hasn’t made any significant progress in days.

Russian forces are believed to be becoming increasingly demoralized with captured troops seen weep for their mothers.

Despite its defiance, Ukraine faces a humanitarian crisis with more than a million refugees fleeing the devastating war.

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy – who has remained in a bunker in Ukraine to dodge assassination attempts – has called for a face-to-face meeting with Putin to try to stop the demolitions.

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Bobby Allyn

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