Russia-Ukraine live; Second attempt at Mariupol evacuation

Russia-Ukraine live; Second attempt at Mariupol evacuation

  • More than 1,100 people have been detained at anti-war protests in Russia.
  • Mariupol city officials say there will be a temporary ceasefire from 10:00 to 21:00 GMT to allow for evacuation officials.
  • The Red Cross says the situation in Mariupol is extremely “dire”.
  • Mastercard and Visa announce they are suspending operations in Russia.
  • Ukraine’s foreign minister tells US counterpart his country needs fighter jets and air defence systems and says NATO’s refusal to implement a no-fly zone over Ukraine is a “sign of weakness”.
  • The IMF warns that the “serious” global economic effects of the war in Ukraine would be “more devastating” if the conflict escalates.

Erdogan urges Putin to declare Ukraine ceasefire, sign peace deal

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has urged his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to declare a ceasefire in Ukraine, open humanitarian corridors and sign a peace agreement, his office said.

In a statement after an hourlong phone call, the Turkish presidency said Erdogan told Putin that Turkey was ready to contribute to a peaceful resolution of the conflict, adding he stated that a ceasefire would ease concerns over the humanitarian situation.

“President Erdogan renewed his call of ‘let’s pave the way for peace together’,” his office said. “Erdogan emphasised the importance of taking urgent steps to achieve a ceasefire, open humanitarian corridors and sign a peace agreement.”

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