BREAKING: Russia, Ukraine Agreed to ceasefire for civilians safety
Russia and Ukraine have agreed to a temporary ceasefire on Saturday in the Ukrainian cities of Mariupol and Volnovakha, to enable civilians to leave safely.
Saturday beat garnered discovered that this is coming as U.K. intelligence also suggested four cities in Ukraine were encircled by Russian forces.
The U.K. Ministry of Defense has said it appeared that four cities in Ukraine are surrounded by Russian troops.
“Ukraine continues to hold the key cities of Kharkiv, Cherniv and Mariupol,” the ministry said in its daily intelligence update on Saturday.
“There have been reports of street fighting in Sumy. It is highly likely that all four cities are encircled by Russian forces.”
According to the U.K., “the overall rate of Russian air and artillery strikes observed over the past 24 hours has been lower than in previous days.”
The ministry added that Russian forces were also “probably” advancing on the southern port city of Mykolaiv, but noted that it was possible some forces would attempt to circumvent the city to prioritize progression toward the port city of Odesa.
Mykhailo Podolyak, an advisor to the Ukrainian Presidential Office who took part in negotiations with Russian officials this week, confirmed on Saturday that a temporary ceasefire had been declared in two Ukrainian cities.
The ceasefire, which was expected to begin at 10 a.m. Moscow time (2 a.m. ET), would allow civilians to leave the cities, which have been ravaged by fighting in recent days.
Russia’s state-controlled media claimed that the country’s Defense Ministry had agreed the exit routes with Ukrainian authorities.