Russian-announced ceasefire begins at besieged steel plant in devastated Ukrainian city of Mariupol.

Written by on May 7, 2022

A Russian-announced ceasefire was due to begin at the besieged steel plant in the devastated Ukrainian city of Mariupol, to allow civilians to flee even as its defenders vowed to fight to the end.

According to report, the three-day halt in Russia’s attack on the Azovstal steelworks was announced as European Union, EU, member states debated a proposed ban on Russian oil, the bloc’s toughest move yet over Moscow’s invasion of its neighbour.

The EU also pledged to significantly increase support for Ukrainian neighbour Moldova, where a series of attacks in a Russia-backed separatist region has sparked fears.

European Commission chief, Ursula von der Leyen on Wednesday said the bloc would phase out Russian supply of crude oil within six months and refined products by the end of the year, a move that would still not touch its huge gas exports.

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