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A ceasefire will be put in place from 7am GMT in an attempt to open humanitarian corridors from Kyiv, Mariupol, Kharkiv and Sumy. The new deal comes hours after Russian troops “opened fire” on a family during an evacuation across a bridge. Oleksandr Markushyn, the mayor of Irpin, reported seeing four of those people die: “A family died in front of my eyes. Two small children and two adults died.” At least four other people were killed by Russian forces during the botched evacuation. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky issued a fresh warning to Russia on Sunday night, to say his country will “punish everyone who committed atrocities in this war”.
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Number 10 announces $100million for Ukraine
The UK will aid Ukraine’s economy with $100million (£75.6million) in an attempt to boost the war-torn economy, Number 10 announced on Monday.
A Downing Street statement said: “The UK allocates an additional $100m directly to the Ukrainian government budget to mitigate financial pressures created by Russia’s unprovoked and illegal invasion.
“This grant could be used to support public sector salaries, allowing critical state functions to keep operating, as well as to support social safety nets and pensions for the Ukrainian people.
“The grant will be provided through the World Bank.”
Australian PM slams China’s ‘chilling silence’ over Ukraine
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has slammed China’s “chilling silence” on the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
China has called for a solution to the crisis through negotiations but has so far refused to call the attack an “invasion”.
Mr Morrison said: “China has long claimed to have a role as one of the major powers in the world and to be a contributor to global peace and stability.
“No country will have a bigger impact on concluding this terrible war in Ukraine than China.
“I was listening for the voice of the Chinese government when it came to condemning the actions of Russia and there was a chilling silence.”
Ukrainian forces claim to retake city
Ukrainian authorities claim to have re-taken the city of Chuhuiv in eastern Ukraine.
Russian forces “suffered heavy losses in personnel and equipment” during the battle, according to a report released by Ukraine’s general staff of the armed forces.
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