Russia announced a partial ceasefire in the cities of Mariupol and Volnovakha, besieged by its troops, to allow the evacuation of civilians. However, the Ukrainian authorities claim that the shooting continues by Moscow troops. The Kremlin also accuses Kiev of allegedly blocking residents from leaving.
Ukraine is experiencing this March 5 the tenth day of war since Russian President Vladimir Putin launched a large-scale attack on his neighboring country on February 24.
Russian troops advance for control of cities, amid resistance from the Ukrainian Army. For the strategic port of Mariupol, in the southeast of the country, and Volnovakha, in the east, Moscow declared a ceasefire scheduled to start at 11 am local time, 4 am Bogotá time.
However, local authorities denounced that the Russian military has not stopped firing, for which they accuse them of foiling plans to evacuate civilians, mostly women and children.
For its part, the Russian Foreign Ministry blamed the Ukrainian authorities for allegedly not allowing the residents to leave.
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- 7:30 (BOG) Russia says sanctions create ‘problem’ for Iran nuclear deal
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov argued that the sanctions imposed by Western governments against his country, after launching the war in Ukraine, have become an obstacle to the nuclear agreement between the powers and Iran.
“Everything would have been fine, but this avalanche of aggressive sanctions that has erupted from the West, and which I understand has not stopped yet, above all demands additional understanding,” Lavrov said.
The representative of Russian diplomacy asked for a written guarantee from the United States that Russia’s trade, investment and military-technical cooperation with Iran would not be hampered in any way by economic punishments.
“We want an answer, a very clear answer, we need a guarantee that these sanctions will not affect in any way the regime of trade, economic and investment relations that is established in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action,” Lavrov said.
- 07:03 (BOG) Russian state airline announces suspension of flights abroad
Russia’s flagship airline, Aeroflot, reported that it will stop all flights abroad, except those connecting its country with Belarus.
The measure will take effect from next Tuesday, March 8, the state news agency TASS said.
The announcement came after the Russian aviation authority recommended that its country’s airlines with aircraft leased abroad suspend passenger flights, from Russia, from March 6. And from foreign countries to the Russian territory from March 8.
- 06:10 (BOG) Ukraine: Russia thwarts civilian evacuation
Ukrainian presidential adviser Oleksiy Arestovych, among other local officials, say that a ceasefire is not observed in Mariupol or Volnovakha, as the Moscow forces had announced.
As a result, evacuations of civilians have been postponed in the two cities that are surrounded by Vladimir Putin’s military. The Ukrainian authorities recommended that their citizens return to the places of refuge, while negotiating with Moscow a partial cessation of hostilities to “guarantee the installation of a humanitarian corridor.”
“It was postponed for security reasons (…) Russian forces continue to bombard Mariupol and its surroundings,” indicated the Mayor’s Office of the city that has not yet reported on a new time or date to take civilians to safe places.
The Russian Foreign Ministry suggested that the Ukrainian authorities would be responsible for not allowing the evacuations of civilians in Mariupol, through the agreed humanitarian corridors, for which it indicated that its Government is investigating the matter.
- 6:43 (BOG) Lavrov not optimistic about talks with Ukraine
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov assured that he does not trust that the talks with the Ukrainian authorities will prosper, focused on the Kremlin stopping the armed aggression.
According to Lavrov, the reason why he is not optimistic is related to “angry statements” by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
Ukraine clings to its sovereignty and has refused calls from Moscow for its army to surrender. In recent days, Zelenski formally requested the accession of his country to the European Union (EU). However, he too was willing to declare Ukraine a security-neutral nation. Kiev’s intentions to join NATO were another reason that sparked the Kremlin’s fury.
Putin assures that he will maintain his attack until he manages to “demilitarize” his neighboring country and officials from his government have indicated that his objective is “the leadership in power” in Ukraine.
- 05:34 (BOG) Russia declares limited ceasefire in two Ukrainian cities
The Russian Defense Ministry said that its forces had stopped firing on Saturday near two Ukrainian cities besieged by Putin’s troops: Mariupol and Volnovakha, to allow the safe exit of civilians fleeing the fighting.
According to Moscow, its units had opened humanitarian corridors near the two towns. In Mariupol, citizens could go outside for a period of five hours, city officials said.
The southeastern port city has come under heavy shelling, a sign of its strategic value to Moscow due to its position between Russia-backed breakaway territory in eastern Ukraine and the then-Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea, which Putin annexed to his country. in 2014.
With Reuters, AP and AFP