The development follows a third round of talks between Russia and Ukraine in Belarus on Monday, which apparently ended in failure. In the meeting, both sides addressed the issues of evacuating civilians and the Ukrainian side assured Russia that the humanitarian corridor would start functioning from Tuesday. “From 10:00 a.m. (Moscow time) on March 8, 2022, the Russian Federation declares a ceasefire and is ready to provide a humanitarian corridor,” the statement issued by the Russian Foreign Ministry said. Built in the cities of Kyiv, Chernihiv, Sumy, Kharkiv and Mariupol for the evacuation of civilians.
“The Ukrainian side should notify in accordance with established procedure about the planned humanitarian operation on March 8, 2022, before 03:00 (Moscow time),” the statement said. It also guarantees security to and from Ukraine on routes of humanitarian action declared by the Ukrainian authorities.
The Russian and Ukrainian sides are also expected to be in constant communication from 9:30 a.m. (Moscow time) for mutual exchange of information on the evacuation and preparedness of citizens and foreign nationals.
Meanwhile, Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba has confirmed his plans to meet his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov on March 10.
The Russian military began military operations in Ukraine on 24 February, three days after Moscow recognized the separate regions of Ukraine, Donetsk and Luhansk, as independent republics, followed by “demilitarization” and “de-nazify” Ukraine. To “Special Military Operation” was announced. (ANI)
First published:March 8, 2022 at 9:17 am