Russia’s protection ministry mentioned Saturday it had resumed “offensive actions” in Ukraine after saying a ceasefire earlier within the day to permit residents of two besieged cities to evacuate.
“Due to the unwillingness of the Ukrainian side to influence nationalists or extend the regime of silence, actions have been resumed at 18:00 Moscow time (1500 GMT),” protection ministry Igor Konashenkov mentioned in a video briefing.
Earlier on Saturday, Russia introduced a ceasefire and mentioned it opened humanitarian corridors for the exit of civilians from the strategic port city of Mariupol and neighboring Volnovakha.
Konashenkov mentioned that “not a single civilian” was in a position to exit through the humanitarian corridors.
“The population of these cities is held by nationalist formations as a human shield,” Konashenkov added.
He mentioned “nationalist battles” used the ceasefire to “regroup and reinforce their positions”.
Officials in Mariupol, surrounded by Russian forces, mentioned Saturday they have been delaying an evacuation of the civilian inhabitants, accusing Moscow’s troops of breaking a ceasefire.
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