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Ukraine confirms humanitarian corridors will open from Mariupol and Volnovakha

A Ukrainian official confirms that humanitarian corridors will open from Mariupol and Volnovakha, to allow civilians to evacuate from the cities now under Russian blockade.

“In Mariupol and Volnovakha, evacuation humanitarian corridors are being prepared for opening,” tweets Mykhailo Podoliak, adviser to the head of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s office.

“The parties temporarily ceased fire in the area of corridors,” he says.

A top official in Mariupol says the ceasefire there is to last until 4 p.m. (2 p.m. GMT) and an evacuation along a humanitarian corridor would begin at 11 a.m. (9 a.m. GMT.)

Pavlo Kirilenko, head of the Donetsk military-civil administration that includes Mariupol, says the humanitarian corridor will extend from the city to Zaporizhzhia.

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