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Live: Russia announces opening of several humanitarian corridors in Ukraine

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WAR IN UKRAINE

Issued on: 07/03/2022 – 00:06

A demonstrator in Tbilisi waves a Ukrainian flag on March 7, 2022. © Vano Shlamov, AFP

EU nations agreed Monday to start the lengthy process of examining membership bids submitted by Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova in the wake of Russia’s invasion of its pro-Western neighbour, according to diplomats. Follow our live blog for all the latest developments.  

EU nations said Monday they would begin examining membership applications submitted by Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova in the wake of Russia’s invasion, a move sure to antagonise Moscow. Russia has supported pro-Russian separatist forces in all three nations.  Russia announced plans to open humanitarian corridors on Tuesday from Kyiv and other Ukrainian cities after a third round of Russia-Ukraine talks Monday. Kyiv on Monday rejected a Russian offer to allow Ukrainians to escape via humanitarian corridors but only to Russia or Belarus. French President Emmanuel Macron called the offer “hypocritical” and criticised the “cynicism” exhibited by Moscow.  Russia on Monday boycotted a hearing at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) at The Hague at which Ukraine asked for a provisional measure ordering Russia to immediately halt the invasion. Russia continued its assault on several Ukrainian cities on Monday. There was fighting in the Kyiv suburb of Irpin, the southern port city of Mariupol has been under continuous bombardment and there was heavy fighting for control of the strategic Mykolayiv airport in the south. Local officials said Ukrainian forces on Monday had retaken control of the northeastern town of Chuhuiv.   More than 1.7 million people have fled Ukraine since the invasion began on February 24, according to the UN. The UN Security Council is set to hold a meeting on Monday to discuss the unfolding humanitarian crisis. The US has seen “very credible reports” that Russia has committed war crimes during its invasion of Ukraine, particularly in attacking civilians, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Sunday.Follow our live updates below. If updates do not appear, please refresh the page.

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(FRANCE 24 with REUTERS, AFP and AP)

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