The devastating invasion of Ukraine has forced two million refugees to flee their homes since Putin launched his onslaught on February 24, according to the UN. However, the Ministry of Defence has accused Russia of violating ceasefire arrangements near Mariupol after troops began shelling a planned evacuation route.
The Ministry of Defence released a statement to their official Twitter account with the latest news regarding the devastating situation in Ukraine.
The Tweet, which was shared to its nearly 500K followers, stated: “Russian forces have reportedly disrupted humanitarian corridors established in Mariupol and Sumy.
“This is the third successive day President Putin’s forces have breached their own ceasefire agreements.
“Shelling and small-arms fire were reported throughout the day although it is likely some civilians have been able to successfully flee the besieged cities.
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But Russian President Vladimir Putin instead pinned the blame for the failure of the ceasefire to hold in Mariupol and neighbouring Volnovakha on “Ukrainian nationalists”.
The International Committee of the Red Cross implored the two sides to renegotiate.
It said: “Amid devastating scenes of human suffering in Mariupol, a second attempt today to start evacuating an estimated 200,000 people out of the city came to a halt.
“The failed attempts yesterday and today underscore the absence of a detailed and functioning agreement between the parties to the conflict.
“For the safe passage of civilians to happen with the required levels of trust, the parties should agree between themselves not just in principle but also on the details and parameters.”