Russia announces limited ceasefire in Ukraine to allow evacuations but continues broad offensive

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LVIV/KYIV, Ukraine, March 5 (Reuters) – Russia said its forces had stopped firing near two Ukrainian cities on Saturday to allow safe passage to civilians fleeing fighting, but was continuing its broad offensive in Ukraine, where the capital Kyiv came under renewed assault.

The Russian defence ministry said its units had opened humanitarian corridors near the cities of Mariupol and Volnovakha which were encircled by its troops, Russia’s RIA news agency reported.

In Mariupol, citizens would be allowed to leave during a five-hour window, it quoted the city’s officials as saying.

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There was no immediate confirmation that firing had stopped and it was not clear if the ceasefire…

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