Ukraine pauses civilian evacuations


Ukraine says it won’t open humanitarian corridors from its cities today (28) due to warnings of Russian “provocations” on routes.

Corridors had been set up to allow civilians to leave some towns that are surrounded by Russian forces.

Meanwhile, the mayor of Mariupol has said the besieged port city is on the verge of catastrophe and must be completely evacuated.

President Volodymyr Zelensky has said Ukraine is prepared to discuss adopting a neutral status as part of a peace deal.

But he says it would have to go to a referendum and be guaranteed by third parties.

His comments come in an interview with independent Russian journalists, prompting a warning from the state media regulator in Moscow.

The next round of face-to-face negotiations between Ukraine and Russia take place this week in Turkey.