First Safe Corridors for Evacuation Open in Ukraine
Headline Roundup March 8th, 2022
Civilians in Ukraine began evacuating besieged areas along "safe corridors" Tuesday, as the refugee count hit 2 million amid Russia's ongoing attacks.
Russia and Ukraine agreed to a cease-fire Tuesday in the northeastern city of Sumy to allow civilians to evacuate safely, the first such agreement since Russia's invasion began nearly two weeks ago. Efforts to establish cease-fires and humanitarian evacuation routes failed in other places such as the southern city of Mariupol, where Russian missile attacks reportedly resumed as evacuations were starting on Monday. Russia had previously offered to allow civilians to evacuate on designated routes leading to Russia or its close ally Belarus, a proposal that Ukraine rejected. The U.N.'s human rights office said it's recorded more than 400 civilian deaths in Ukraine since the invasion began, and warned that the true number is likely higher. A third round of peace talks between Russia and Ukraine ended Monday with no major developments.
The safe corridors and refugee crisis are a top story across the political spectrum, especially for left- and center-rated sources, with many focused on the plight of fleeing civilians. Some more sensationalist sources, such as Insider (Lean Left) and New York Post (Lean Right), highlighted reports that Russians lined some safe corridors with land mines.
Ukraine evacuated residents from a besieged city Tuesday along the first safe corridor established with Russia since Moscow invaded its democratic neighbor nearly two weeks ago, sparking a humanitarian crisis and an exodus of refugees that has now reached 2 million.
The Russian assault has stalled on the ground but brought increasing devastation from the air, leaving cities from Mariupol in the southeast to Sumy further north encircled and without heat, electricity, water and food.
The two countries agreed to a cease-fire in Sumy early Tuesday to let civilians escape the northeastern city after another night...
Buses carried civilians out of one embattled Ukrainian city Tuesday and supplies toward another, as officials tried to move people away from a Russian onslaught and ease the dire humanitarian situation for those still stuck. But reports of renewed Russian attacks on the port of Mariupol threatened to again derail the efforts.
On the 13th day of the invasion, Europe’s worst refugee crisis since World War II grew even more severe, with U.N. officials reporting that 2 million people have now fled Ukraine.
Demands for ways to safely evacuate civilians have surged along with intensifying shelling...
More than 2 million refugees from Ukraine have fled to neighboring countries in response to the Russian invasion, according to United Nations officials.
The latest tally comes well into the second week of the Russian invasion and follows previous efforts to evacuate Ukrainian civilians from the southern port city of Mariupol who were struggling amid the Russian attack.
Video posted Tuesday by Ukrainian officials showed buses with people moving along a snowy road from the eastern city of Sumy and yellow buses with a red cross on them in the southern port...