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Russia declares humanitarian corridor and ceasefire

| 5.3.22 |

Russian President Vladimir Putin

 The agreement which was later announced by the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense "has been terminated". According to Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine Irina Vereshchuk, "The Russian Federation has violated its obligations and bombed the city of Volnovakha." "Resident evacuation postponed!" also read Telegram messages intended for residents of Ukraine. Russian Foreign Minister Serghei Lavrov's version of the incident differed, saying: "Nothing appeared in the humanitarian corridor opened this morning in Ukraine in Mariupol and Volnovakha." "We hope that the agreement on the humanitarian corridor is implemented. civilians are allowed to leave Ukraine ", said Lavrov, Russian agencies report. The Russian military, "has done everything possible to allow a humanitarian corridor in Ukraine", he added. "There is news stating that the Mariupol authorities do not allow civilians to use the humanitarian corridor," concluded the Russian minister. The Ukrainian city of Mariupol was supposed to start the evacuation of civilians at 9.10 in Italy until 14.15 in Italy. But the city's mayor also denounced the breach of the agreement and announced that the evacuation was postponed "for security reasons" as Russian troops "continue to bomb Mariupol and its surroundings", the city government wrote. 

Meanwhile Doctors Without Borders staff have announced that the opening of the humanitarian corridor announced by Moscow "has not happened yet". "Russia continues to bomb us and use artillery. This is crazy. There is no ceasefire in Mariupol or even on the roads", said Deputy Mayor Serhiy Orlov. "Our civilians are ready to flee but they can't do it under a bomb." Because the Russians did not respect the ceasefire and continued to bomb Mariupol and its surroundings, the evacuation of residents was postponed for security reasons, reads the note asking "all residents of Mariupol to disperse and go to shelters". "We managed to get an agreement to provide assistance to the cities in Ukraine that are in the most dire and dire situation, Mariupol and Volnovakha, to save children, women and the elderly. To provide medicine and food to those in there. place." , Zelensky said in a message . And again: "We are doing everything possible on our side to ensure that this agreement is successful, with respect to the humanitarian corridor and we will see if we can go further than our negotiations with Russia". And in a video posted on Facebook he added: "I am sure that soon we will be able to say to our people: come back! Come back from Poland, Romania, Slovakia and all other countries. Come back because there is no more threat".
About 90% of the town of Volnovakha was damaged by the bombing, local MP Dmytro Lubinets told the Kyiev Independent. "The bodies lay lifeless and people hiding in shelters ran out of food," the deputy said. 

Russian troops carry out a "dramatic" siege of the strategic city of Mariupol in eastern Ukraine. And on a night when Odessa was feared, the Russians tightened their grip on the city. Mayor Vadim Boichenko denounced the "ruthless attack" calling for the creation of a humanitarian corridor: "For now we are looking for a solution to the humanitarian problem and all possible ways to get Mariupol out of the blockade", he said in a message published on the Telegram account of the mayor's office of the populated city. about 450,000 of these souls, are located in the Sea of   Azov. "Our priority is to establish a ceasefire so we can restore vital infrastructure and create humanitarian corridors to bring food and medicine into the city," the mayor said. The conquest of Mariupol would allow Russia to link up the powers that had taken the main ports of Berdiansk and Kherson from annexed Crimea with Russian and separatist forces in the Donbass. Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov acknowledged in a Facebook post that Russia had gained strength in several directions, but said they controlled only "a small part" of the country's territory and that Ukrainian fighters were "pushing them back." The 'big' army has shown its true nature, cowardice and terrorist, capable of attacking the population - women, children, unarmed civilians", but "the enemy will answer for every life killed, for every tear provoked", he added. 
Also worrying at this hour is progress towards a second nuclear power plant after Zaporizhzhia, the largest in Europe, where workers have been working since yesterday under threat of guns. This is the Yuzhnoukrainsk plant, in the Mykolaiv region, in southern Ukraine, a plant consisting of 4 reactors, from which Moscow troops are now about thirty kilometers away. 

After the conquest of the Zaporizhzhia site, with the IAEA ensuring that "no radiation leaks" were recorded, Moscow's strategy of ensuring control of centers that ensured the supply of electricity throughout the country seemed clear, according to experts. The Zaporizhzhia power plant itself, in fact, guarantees 40% of the electricity production of all of Ukraine. In front of the negotiations Podoliak, an adviser to the Ukrainian president, underlined that in the negotiations "Russia's position is difficult. Ukraine's position is difficult: so they will not be easy, but there will be". Confirming the distance between the two positions, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov explained that the aim of the "special military operation" in Ukraine (as Moscow calls the invasion) is not to divide Ukraine, but to ensure that it transforms itself into "demilitarized and free from the territory of neo-Nazi ideology". 

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