Russia declares ceasefire in Ukraine at French Prez Emmanuel Macron's request
Moscow: At the request of French President Emmanuel Macron, the Russian military proclaimed a truce in Ukraine at 7:00 a.m. GMT to allow humanitarian corridors to operate.
The provinces of Sumy, Kyiv, Kharkiv, and Mariupol will witness the ceasefire, which will go into effect at 10 a.m. Moscow time. Earlier, Macron spoke via phone with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian Presidents Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
"We are seeking to maintain the integrity of Ukraine's civilian nuclear plants, in addition to other priority requests we conveyed to Russia: a ceasefire and civilian protection," stated French President Emmanuel Macron.
However, according to the Russian official media outlet Russia Today, "Kyiv's attempts to accuse Russia of interrupting the humanitarian operation this time are worthless; control will be done out with the assistance of drones."
Modi to speak with President Putin
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will speak to Russian President Vladimir Putin this afternoon, according to government sources. The phone calls will come after Modi's scheduled meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. Modi's meeting with the two presidents comes amid India's all-out attempt to evacuate its people, especially students, from Ukraine. Modi had previously spoken with Putin before the war began.