Russian President Putin has declared ceasefire in Ukraine.
WothappenOnline reports that Russia’s Ministry of Defense announced it would stop its bombardment of parts of Ukraine today, Saturday, March 5, 2022, to allow for civilians to safely flee.
“Today, March 5, from 10 a.m. Moscow time, the Russian side declares a ceasefire regime and opens humanitarian corridors for the exit of civilians from Mariupol and Volnovakha,” said the ministry in a statement. “Humanitarian corridors and exit routes have been agreed with the Ukrainian side.”
This online news platform understands that with the ongoing attacks on civilian in Ukraine, Western officials said they have noticed a shift in Russian strategy from military targets to civilians, with more attacks becoming focused on population centres.
Wothappen Nigeria reports that the new approach comes after Russian President Vladimir Putin failed to get the quick victory he wanted, and the Russian military has faced stiff and determined Ukrainian resistance across the country.
Some additional context: Ukrainian and Russian delegations held the second round of talks in Belarus on Thursday. A Ukrainian negotiator said afterwards that it didn’t deliver the results that Ukraine needed — both sides had agreed on corridors for civilians to escape.
Wothappen reports that Putin told German Chancellor Olaf Scholz on Friday, March 4, 2022, that the third round of talks has been scheduled for this weekend.