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Russian news: Ukrainians evacuated from Russian corridor for the first time in Sumy, more bombing – Reuters

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After the Russian military announced on Monday a ceasefire in several Ukrainian cities, Sumy civilians managed to leave the Russian corridor.

Tunnels set up to help evacuate Ukrainians in other cities, such as Mariupol and Irpin, have not worked as well.

Ukrainian officials have accused Russian forces of violating a ceasefire agreement and continuing to blow up Mariupol, a port city, transporting civilians.

Civilians are sitting inside a bus carrying bottled water and personal belongings during the evacuation, inside the Russian invasion of Ukraine, outside Sumy on March 8, 2022.
(Deputy President of the Office of the President, Ukraine / published by REUTERS)

“Attacks by Russian forces on approved humanitarian tunnels continued to be reported,” US Secretary of State Antony Blinken told a news conference on Tuesday. “We continue to challenge Russia to allow humanitarian access on the ground – both because of the availability of people who have been cut off from food, water, medicine and for humanitarian organizations such as the International Committee of the Red Cross, which can negotiate real humanitarian issues. relief tunnels so that civilians can leave the country safely. »

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Russian troops closed the tunnel as their planes bombed several Ukrainian towns.

Rescue workers dig through the rubble in search of survivors of an attack by Russian forces amid their invasion of Sumy, Ukraine on March 7, 2022 in this silent video captured on March 8, 2022.

Rescue workers dig through the rubble in search of survivors of an attack by Russian forces amid their invasion of Sumy, Ukraine on March 7, 2022 in this silent video captured on March 8, 2022.
(Ukrainian Ministry of Interior / Reuters)

At least nine people have been killed, including two children, according to the Ukrainian Interior Ministry.

Videos on Tuesday showed people boarding buses and several buses marked with a red cross driving down a snow-heavy road where Sumy was given a safe lane to evacuate.

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Iryna Vereshchuk, Ukraine’s deputy prime minister, said the two sides agreed to a ceasefire in Sumy from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. due to the evacuation of civilians. Among those leaving are foreign students from India and China, she said.

Buses wait during evacuation inside Russia's invasion of Ukraine, outside Sumy, March 8, 2022.

Buses wait during evacuation inside Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, outside Sumy, March 8, 2022.
(Deputy President of the Office of the President, Ukraine / published by REUTERS)

“The Russian military announces a ceasefire from 10:00 a.m. Moscow time and opens humanitarian tunnels from Kyiv, Mariupol, Kharkov and Sumy – Russian humanitarian headquarters,” said a tweet, translated from the Russian military. “The decision was made at [French President Emmanuel] Macron’s request to Putin. »

In the Ukrainian cities of Mariupol and Irpin, however, Russian tunnels did not offer assistance to civilians fleeing the devastation, according to Ukrainian officials.

The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry (MFA) tweeted on Tuesday that Russian forces were “beating the humanitarian tunnel from Zaporizhia to Mariupol”.

« [Eight] trucks + 30 buses ready to deliver humanitarian aid to Mariupol and transport civilians to Zaporizhzhia, “the Foreign Ministry added in its tweet. “The pressure on Russia MUST increase in order to meet its commitments. »

In a tweet on Monday, MFA said eight civilians were killed when they tried to evacuate through a corridor.

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Officials in Moscow have said that most of the tunnels for civilians fleeing will lead to Russia either directly or through Belarus. Russia’s ambassador to the United Nations has suggested that humanitarian measures could give people a choice about where they want to go.

Another evacuation attempt in Mariupol, Ukraine, failed.

Another evacuation attempt in Mariupol, Ukraine, failed.
(FOX NEWS)

On Tuesday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky called for the expansion of humanitarian marches.

The United Nations said on Tuesday that more than 2 million people had fled Ukraine since Russia’s invasion on February 24.

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Of the 2,011,312 who have left since February 24, about 1.2 million have ended up in Poland, while almost 200,000 have sought refuge in Hungary – countries that both border Ukraine.

Emma Colton, Greg Norman of Fox News and the Associated Press contributed to this report.


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