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March 05, 2022 / 10:54 PM IST

Russia-Ukraine Conflict Highlights | Putin likens Western sanctions to war as Russian assault traps Ukrainian civilians

Russia-Ukraine Conflict Highlights March 5: Russian President Vladimir Putin said Western sanctions were akin to war on Saturday as his forces pressed on with their assault on Ukraine, where planned civilian evacuations from two besieged cities were called off.

Russia-Ukraine Conflict Highlights:  The European Union said it had joined members of the Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS) in suspending Russia and Belarus from the Council's activities.

"This decision is a part of the European Union's and like-minded partners response to Russia's invasion of Ukraine and the involvement of Belarus in this unprovoked and unjustified aggression," it said on Saturday.

Russia

declared a partial ceasefire on Saturday to allow humanitarian corridors out of the Ukrainian cities of Mariupol and Volnovakha, Russia's defence ministry said.

The partial ceasefire will allow civilians to leave the city during a five-hour period from Saturday morning, the city authorities said. Civilians will be allowed to leave Mariupol between noon and 5 p.m. Moscow time (0900 - 1400 GMT)

Russian President Vladimir Putin launched what he called a special military operation before dawn on February 24, ignoring Western warnings and saying the "neo-Nazis" ruling Ukraine threatened Russia's security. Russia's assault is said to be the biggest on a European state since World War Two and threatens to upend the continent's post-Cold War order.
  • Russia-Ukraine Conflict Highlights | Putin likens Western sanctions to war as Russian assault traps Ukrainian civilians
    Ukraine Russia war: A view of a car destroyed by recent shelling in Kyiv outskirts. (AFP Photo)
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