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Live: Ukraine port city Mariupol to attempt new civilian evacuation under temporary ceasefire

Live: Ukraine port city Mariupol to attempt new civilian evacuation under temporary ceasefire

Pro-Russian separatists and Ukraine’s National Guard accused each other of failing to establish a humanitarian corridor out of the Ukrainian city of Mariupol on Sunday, in a second attempt by both parties to evacuate civilians. Russian President Vladimir Putin faces ongoing global condemnation of his army’s invasion of neighbouring Ukraine, while Ukrainians on the ground maintain a stiff resistance.

More than a million refugees have crossed the border from Ukraine into Poland since Russian troops invaded on February 24, Polish border guards said on Sunday. The UN said earlier on Sunday that more than 1.5 million people have fled Ukraine into neighbouring countries since the Russian invasion. Ukraine’s besieged port city of Mariupol began a new attempt at evacuating civilians on Sunday. Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan urged his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on Sunday to declare a ceasefire in Ukraine, open humanitarian corridors and sign a peace agreement, his office said. The United States is considering sending planes to Poland if Warsaw decided to send fighter jets to Ukraine, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said. President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Sunday he spoke by phone with his US counterpart Joe Biden to discuss financial support and sanctions against Russia.  Delegations from Kyiv and Moscow are set to hold a third round of negotiations on Monday.  The UN Security Council will hold an emergency meeting Monday on the humanitarian crisis triggered in Ukraine by the Russian invasion and discuss a possible draft resolution. Washington 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 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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