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Russia Announces Ceasefire For The Evacuation Of Civilians From Mariupol Today

The ministry also said it had agreed to a proposal from Kyiv to open within the past 24 hours.

Moscow:

Russia’s defense ministry announced a local ceasefire on Thursday to allow civilians to be evacuated from the besieged port city of Mariupol in Ukraine.

A humanitarian corridor from Mariupol to Zaporizhzhia, via the Russian -controlled port of Berdiansk, will open from 10 a.m. (0700 GMT), the ministry said on Wednesday.

“For this humanitarian operation to be successful, we propose to implement it with the direct participation of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees and the International Committee of the Red Cross,” the ministry statement said.

The Russian ministry asked Kyiv to guarantee “unconditional respect” for the ceasefire through written notification to the Russian side, UNHCR and ICRC before 6am (0300 GMT) Thursday.

Moscow also asked the Ukrainian army to be committed to ensuring the safety of bus convoys along the designated corridors.

The ministry also said it had agreed to a proposal from Kyiv to open four new humanitarian corridors in the last 24 hours from Mariupol to Zaporizhzhia.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

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