Russia’s defence ministry says it has resumed “offensive actions” in Ukraine after announcing a ceasefire earlier in the day to allow residents of two besieged cities to evacuate.
Earlier, officials in the Ukrainian port city of Mariupol which is surrounded by Russian forces, said they were delaying an evacuation of the civilian population, accusing Moscow’s troops of breaking a ceasefire.
Nearly 1.37 million people have fled Ukraine since the start of the Russian invasion, according to the latest UN data.
The US Secretary of State Antony Blinken visited a crossing on Poland’s border with Ukraine where hundreds of thousands of people have been fleeing from advancing Russian forces.
On the Economic front, the IMF chief said that the escalation of conflict in Ukraine would cause ‘devastating’ economic damage: IMF
Beijing has urged direct negotiations between Russia and Ukraine during a call between Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi and his American counterpart Antony Blinken, as the war following Moscow’s invasion entered a tenth day.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said Saturday that any country that sought to impose a no-fly zone over Ukraine would be considered by Moscow to have entered the conflict.