Russia to Ceasefire for Humanitarian Corridor on Wednesday

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  • Humanitarian corridor to be opened for evacuation from 10 am local time.
  • US on Tuesday banned imports of Russian oil, gas and coal.
  • Around 5,000 evacuated through the safe passage created on Tuesday.

Kyiv: As the war entered its 14th day, shelling on the eastern and central regions on Ukraine escalated overnight. Moscow announced a humanitarian corridor on Wednesday morning to carry out civilian evacuations. From 10:00 MSK (0700 GMT) on March 9, 2022, the Russian Federation is declaring a ‘regime of silence’ and is ready to provide humanitarian corridors,” a cell of the Russian defence ministry charged with humanitarian operations in Ukraine said Tuesday late night.

 On Tuesday, President Joe Biden announced a ban on US imports of Russian oil, gas and coal, saying Ukraine will “never be a victory for Putin”.

7 including 3 children died after an airstrike hit residential apartments in Zhytomyr and Kharkiv. According to ground sources, 5,000 people were evacuated from Sumy after a heavy bombing.

Meanwhile, the Ukrainian first lady on Tuesday spoke out for the first time since the war through an open letter to the global media. President Zelensky, who pressed for NATO membership from long in a televised interview said, “I have cooled down regarding this question a long time ago after we understood that…NATO is not prepared to accept Ukraine. The alliance is afraid of controversial things, and confrontation with Russia,” the president added.

Referring to NATO membership, Zelensky said- he does want to be president of a ‘country which is begging something on its knees.’

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