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Russia Accused of Bombing Ukrainians Trying to Evacuate

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Ukraine has temporarily stopped civilian evacuations in the key southeastern port city of Mariupol, saying that Russia violated a cease-fire agreement struck just hours earlier.

“The Russian side is not holding to the cease-fire and has continued firing on Mariupol itself and on its surrounding area,” the deputy head of the Ukrainian president’s office, Kyrylo Tymoshenko, said, according to the Associated Press. “Talks with the Russian Federation are ongoing regarding setting up a cease-fire and ensuring a safe humanitarian corridor.”

The evacuation of more than 200,000 Ukrainians is now in limbo with the deputy mayor of Mariupol, Serhiy Orlov, telling the BBC that the cease-fire had completely collapsed.

Read more at The Daily Beast.

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