Moscow/Kyiv: On the 10th day of the ongoing war between Russia and Ukraine, Putin on Saturday announced a temporary ceasefire in two Ukrainian cities to allow humanitarian corridors for civilians, media reports said.
Russia has announced a ceasefire in Mariupol and Volnovakha from 10:00 Moscow time. A “regime of quietness” will be implemented for the civilians to leave the cities, BBC reported. Earlier, Mariupol Mayor Vadym Boichenko had called for a humanitarian corridor. Mariupol, a key southern post, has been invaded by Russia for days now.
The decision has been taken ahead of the fresh round of talks, which will be held between the two conflicting sides over the weekend. Meanwhile, the Russian armed forces have disabled more than 1,800 military targets in Ukraine since the start of the special operation, Russian defense ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said on Friday.
“The Russian armed forces continue to strike at the military infrastructure of Ukraine. In total, 1,812 targets were hit during the operation, including: 65 command posts and communication centers of the Ukrainian military, 56 S-300, Buk M-1 and Osa air defense missile systems, 59 radar stations,” Konashenkov told reporters.
The destroyed facilities also include 49 aircraft on the ground and 13 aircraft in the air, 635 tanks and other armored combat vehicles, 67 multiple rocket launchers, 252 field artillery pieces and mortars, 442 units of special military vehicles, 54 unmanned aerial vehicles.
Meanwhile, the US Department of Energy has activated its nuclear response team following the attack on Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant.
In a tweet, Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm said, “I just spoke with Ukraine’s energy minister about the situation at the Zaphorizhizia nuclear plant. Russian military operations near the plant are reckless and must cease.
India Blooms News Service