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Russia opens ‘humanitarian corridors’ from Kyiv, other Ukraine cities

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Russia has opened “humanitarian corridors” so people can be evacuated from Kyiv and four other Ukrainian cities: Cherhihiv, Sumy, Kharkiv and Mariupol, the Interfax news agency quoted the Russian defense ministry as saying on Tuesday.

The defense ministry added that Russian forces in Ukraine had introduced a "silent regime" from 0700 GMT, Interfax reported.

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Ukraine began evacuating civilians from the northeastern city of Sumy and from the town of Irpin near the capital Kyiv on Tuesday, Ukrainian officials said.

“As of 09:30 (0730 GMT), more than 150 people have been evacuated and (evacuation) activities are underway,” said Oleksiy Kuleba, governor of the Kyiv region.

Civilians have been trapped by fighting since Russian troops invaded Ukraine on February 24. Moscow calls its actions in Ukraine a “special military operation.”

Russia opened humanitarian corridors on Tuesday so that people can be evacuated from Kyiv, Chernihiv, Sumy, Kharkiv and Mariupol, the Interfax news agency quoted the Russian defence ministry as saying.

Ukraine on Monday rejected Russian proposals to evacuate Ukrainians to Russia or Belarus.

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