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Over the weekend, Russia and Ukraine agreed to a partial ceasefire that would let civilians in certain places get out of the country to avoid danger.
“Today… the Russian side declares a ceasefire and the opening of humanitarian corridors to allow civilians to leave Mariupol and Volnovakha. Humanitarian corridors and exit routes have been agreed upon with the Ukrainian side,” said a Russian Defense Ministry spokesperson on Saturday.
But after 11 hours, attacks from Russia resumed, closing down the “green corridor” for civilians to safely escape.
“When they told us about evacuation, I felt happy that there is a possibility to save the lives of Mariupol residents. I had hope," said the Ukrainian Mayor of Mariupol, a city being evacuated due to intense attacks. “They lied to us.”
In the meantime, nearly 4,500 anti-war protesters have been arrested in Russia, fueling the argument that this is a war not brought on by Russia as a nation but only by its president, Vladimir Putin.
You may have also heard about that nuclear plant that caught fire amid fighting last week. The good news is that the plant wasn’t critically damaged during the fighting, and it’s running now.
But a United Nations nuclear watchdog agency says that anything being done at the plant has to get approval by Russian soldiers there and that communications to the outside have been cut off.
All told, this situation is far from over. Putin has reasserted his claim that everything is going according to plan and that this war won’t be over until Ukraine accepts his demands and halts its resistance.