A leader of pro-Moscow rebel forces in eastern Ukraine, Alexander Zakharchenko, said he had agreed to open a humanitarian corridor for encircled Ukraine troops after Russian President Vladimir Putin's statement.
Putin called on the rebels to provide the corridor in the east of the country to allow Ukrainian government troops to leave the battlefield.
"We are ready to give a humanitarian corridor," Zakharchenko, prime minister of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic, told Rossiya 24 TV, adding that troops would have to leave their heavy armoured vehicles and ammunition.
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