The Russian Defense Ministry announced a ceasefire in two Ukrainian cities, Mariupol and Volnovkha, on Saturday( 5/2/2022). The ceasefire was announced to provide an opportunity for residents in the two besieged towns to evacuate.
“Today, March 5, starting at 10 a.m. Moscow time, the Russian side declared a ceasefire and opened humanitarian corridors for the exit of civilians from Mariupol and Volnovakha,” he said.
The statement was made after mariupol mayor Vadim Boychenko said the city was under a Russian military blockade after days of attacks.
In fact, the city of Mariupol for days has been pitch black as Russian forces cut off electricity, water, transportation, food and heating in the middle of this winter.
Since the invasion of Ukraine on February 24, a number of towns have been attacked, killing hundreds of civilians. Even before Russia announced the ceasefire, its forces had attacked Europe’s largest nuclear power plant.
Russia Announces Cease-Fire, Brazil-UAE Ready to Reseteize Refugees
There are currently 1.2 million people displaced from Ukraine. More than half, or 650,000, fled to neighboring Poland.
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has signed an executive order to allow Ukrainian nationals and stateless people displaced by Russian attacks to live or work in his country.
They were allowed to live and work in Brazil on humanitarian visas through an order issued on Thursday.
Then, the applicant can apply for a permanent residence permit. According to the order, applicants can apply for a visa until August 31, 2022.
Bolsonaro said his government has been neutral since the Russian and Ukrainian wars broke out. He avoided sanctioning Russia on the grounds that Brazil chose an impartial position.
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) also offers Ukrainian citizens arriving before March 3, 2022 to stay in the country for up to a year without being fined. Those arriving after March 3, 2022 will have visa-free access for 30 days, as was the previous rule.
After Russia announced the ceasefire, volunteers and emergency services are working quickly to evacuate residents.