The Kremlin announced that it would hold a ceasefire on Wednesday, March 9, over Ukraine’s humanitarian corridors to allow civilians to leave the country, according to Reuters.

Wednesday’s announcement is similar to the one it made on Tuesday, but now 6 humanitarian corridors will be opened to allow evacuation through safe passages. 

“Ceasefire is introduced along the following routes: Energodar-Zaporozhye, Sumy-Poltava, Mariupol-Zaporozhye, Volnovakha-Pokrovsk and Izyum-Lozovaya and also towards Kiev from five communities: Vorzel, Bucha, Borodyanka, Irpen and Gostomel,” Tass news agency wrote.

Tuesday’s ceasefire was reportedly coordinated from 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM (Russian time) between the Kremlin and the Ukrainian military, according to Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk at a press conference. 

Some 5,000 people left Sumy on Tuesday in buses, the only operational corridor that opened on Tuesday, after Moscow and Kiev agreed on the corridor, Sumy regional governor Dmytro Zhyvytskyy said, Reuters reported.

The governor further indicated that 1,000 cars managed to leave through the Sumy corridor, which would also remain open on Wednesday, to the city of Poltava.

As reported by the agency, Kiev claimed that 30 buses and eight supply trucks attempting to evacuate along safe routes were shelled by Russia in violation of the ceasefire over the weekend.

However, the Kremlin came out to deny the accusations and blamed Kiev, claiming that the Ukrainian side is blocking evacuation efforts.

Ukrainian laboratories in Russia’s sights for apparent development of chemical and biological weapons

Russia has also accused Ukraine of possessing laboratories where they have attempted to develop biological and nuclear weapons and is demanding explanations.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said that they had obtained evidence of the existence of these laboratories during a military operation in Ukraine on February 24. She also spoke of the finding involving deadly pathogens such as anthrax.

“We can already conclude that in Ukrainian biological laboratories in direct proximity to the territory of our country, development of components of biological weapons was being carried out,” she said, adding that they were funded by the pentagon. 

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