Russia on Saturday declared ceasefire in Ukraine from 06:00 GMT to open humanitarian corridors for civilians, reported Russia’s media outlet Sputnik.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has slammed Nato’s decision not to implement a no-fly zone over Ukraine amid the ongoing conflict with Russia. “A Nato summit took place today. It was a weak summit, a confused summit, a summit that shows that not everyone considers the fight for freedom in Europe the number one goal,” Zelenskyy said in a video message, as quoted by Russia’s Sputnik. Zelenskyy accused the members of the military alliance of giving Russia “the green light to start shelling Ukrainian cities and villages.”
earlier on Saturday, Russia’s Ministry of Defense announced it would stop bombarding Mariupol and Volnovakha to allow for civilians to safely flee their homes, adding, “Humanitarian corridors and exit routes have been agreed with the Ukrainian side.”
Western officials have noticed a shift in Russian strategy from military targets to civilians, with more attacks becoming focused on population centers.
And Russia is poised to deploy up to 1,000 more mercenaries to Ukraine in the coming days and weeks, as a senior Western intelligence official warned Moscow could “bombard cities into submission,” an escalation that could lead to higher numbers of civilian casualties.
Staff at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant (ZNPP), which has been occupied by Russian forces after a fire broke out on Friday, say radiation levels in the region look normal.
“Currently, the ZNPP attending personnel monitor the condition of power units and control their operation,” Ukraine’s State Nuclear Regulatory Inspectorate said in a statement Saturday.
“No changes in the radiation status in the Zaporizhzhia region have been detected, the gamma radiation background is within normal limits.”
Online vacation rental company Airbnb has suspended all operations in Russia and Belarus
The company’s CEO and Co-Founder, Brian Chesky announced on Twitter: “Airbnb is suspending all operations in Russia and Belarus.”
A spokesperson from Airbnb told TechCrunch that this “means that we will block calendars from accepting new bookings in both countries until further notice. We will also restrict users in Belarus and Russia from making new reservations as guests.”