The Turkish presidency welcomes the ceasefire in Ukraine

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Turkish presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin confirmed that his country welcomed the announcement of a ceasefire in Ukraine to evacuate civilians.

Kalin said in a tweet on Monday that Turkey will continue its initiatives led by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan until the ceasefire becomes permanent and peace negotiations are fruitful.

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Earlier, the Russian Defense Ministry announced a temporary ceasefire in the Ukrainian cities of Kyiv, Mariupol, Kharkiv and Sumy, starting at 10:00 Moscow time, in order to evacuate civilians.

At the dawn of last February 24, Russia launched a military operation in Ukraine, which was followed by angry international reactions and the imposition of “tough” economic and financial sanctions on Moscow.