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Russian and Ukrainian negotiations reopened on Monday, breaching a partial humanitarian ceasefire

According to one of the negotiators, Russia and Ukraine will hold the third round of negotiations on Monday.

Among the announcements of the development was a Facebook post by Ukrainian negotiator David Arakhamia, who is also the leader of Volodymyr Zelensky's parliamentary faction.

A second round of negotiations between Russia and Ukraine resulted in an agreement on Thursday to create humanitarian corridors to allow for civilian evacuations from Mariupol and Volnovakha.

The Mariupol City Council said Saturday in a statement on Telegram that the evacuation has been postponed and asked residents to seek refuge in bomb shelters.

“Due to the fact that the Russian side has not adhered to the ceasefire agreement and continues shelling Mariupol and its surroundings, for security reasons the evacuation of the population is postponed,” the council said.

As of March 3, Russia's military action against Ukraine had claimed 1,006 civilian casualties, mostly from shelling and airstrikes, according to the United Nations.

The agency said that 331 civilian deaths have been recorded, including 19 children, while 675 have been injured, including 31 children.

Continuing their behavior like this poses a threat to the future of Ukraine's statehood for the current government in Kyiv. And if this happens it will be entirely their responsibility,” he reportedly said.

According to Britain's Ministry of Defense, the Russian military's advance has been slowed by resistance from Ukrainian forces and its own logistical difficulties.

5 March 2022


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