Russia announces ceasefire in Mariupol to evacuate civilians from Azovstal

Russia said it would cease hostilities on Monday to allow the evacuation of civilian refugees with Ukrainian fighters at the besieged Azovstal metallurgical complex in Mariupol, in southeastern Ukraine.

Russia announced a ceasefire starting at 11:00 GMT on Monday, April 25, 2022, for the evacuation of civilians from the besieged Azovstal steel mill, in the city of Mariupol, in southeastern Ukraine.

Russian forces and their pro-Russian separatist allies in Ukraine pledge to “unilaterally cease hostilities at 2:00 p.m. Moscow time (11:00 GMT), withdraw units to a safe distance, and ensure the departure” of civilians “in the direction of they choose,” the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement.

The Azovstal steel plant is seen as the last stronghold of Ukrainian forces in the strategic port city of Mariupol.

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