Russian troops accused of breaching ceasefire after just a few hours

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Russian forces have been accused of ignoring the terms of a ceasefire which was meant to come into force for two cities today.

The city council of Ukraine’s Mariupol city said Russian forces were not observing an agreed ceasefire along the whole length of a planned route for the evacuation of civilians that was due to take place on Saturday.

There appears to have been a break in fighting in the Donetsk region but fighting is continuing around Zaporizhia, according to the Ukrainian side.

The area is some 140 miles from Mariupol but lies on the agreed route innocent people are being allowed to take to reach the West of the country.

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A statement read: ‘We are negotiating with the Russian side to confirm the ceasefire along the entire evacuation route.’

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