As the Russian invasion of Ukraine entered its 12th day, the Russian military announced a ceasefire on 7 March in Kyiv, Kharkiv, Sumy, and Mariupol for the evacuation of civilians, Russian media outlet Sputnik reported.
But Ukraine's Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk said these corridors were still not open as nearly 300,000 civilians wait to be evacuated from Mariupol, which is under assault from Russian troops.
Around 700 Indian students are stranded in Sumy as well amid intense fighting.
In a phone conversation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has reportedly urged Russian President Vladimir Putin to hold direct talks with his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
Meanwhile, Russia boycotted the International Court of Justice hearing at the Hague where Ukraine accused Russia of falsely claiming that acts of genocide have occurred in Luhansk and Donetsk to justify war.
Airstrikes leave 13 people dead in Makariv
Ukraine and Russia delegations hold a third round of talks at 4 pm local time (14:00 GMT)
The ICJ hearing on Ukraine's application accusing Russia of "defiling the Genocide Convention" ends
PM Modi speaks to President Zelenskyy, thanks him for Ukraine's help in the evacuation of Indian nationals
Russia announced a ceasefire in Kyiv, Kharkiv, Sumy, and Mariupol to open a humanitarian corridor
Ukraine Says It Helped Evacuate 20,000 Indians
Since Russia’s invasion, Ukrainian government has assisted with the evacuation of 1,46,000 foreign citizens, including 20,000 Indian students from the besieged cities, the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry said.
Russia must cease fire immediately to open humanitarian corridors for civilians in Sumy, Kharkiv, Mariupol, it said.
UK To Give £175m More to Ukraine
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that the United Kingdom will give £175m more to Ukraine as aid.
Airstrike Kills 13 Civilians in Makariv
An airstrike in the Ukrainian town of Makariv in the Kyiv region left 13 civilians dead in a bread factory, local emergency services said in an online statement.
A total around 30 people were believed to have been inside the factory before the attack too place.
Canada To Impose Sanctions on 10 Russians 'Complicit' in Ukraine Invasion
At a press conference in London, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Canada will impose new sanctions on 10 individuals 'complicit' in this 'unjustified invasion' of Ukraine.
“This includes former and current senior government officials, oligarchs and supporters of the Russian leadership,” he said.