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Macron urges Putin to allow Ukraine’s besieged cities to be evacuated

Appeal by French president comes as Russian bombardment ends second attempt to evacuate Mariupol

Emmanuel Macron implored Vladimir Putin to let civilians flee Ukraine’s besieged cities during a marathon call of nearly two hours as a second attempt to evacuate the port city of Mariupol ended under Russia bombardment.

The appeal from Paris was echoed in a separate call between Putin and Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, while Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, spoke directly to Russian citizens in a video address beseeching them to not “keep silent” amid the bloodshed.

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