The third batch of Nigerians fleeing war-torn Ukraine arrived Abuja, the nation’s capital Friday night, hours after the first and second.

An aircraft belongings to Air Peace airlifted the evacuees from Budapest, Hungary, the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM) tweeted.

“The third batch of Nigerians from #Ukraine arrive Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport Abuja at about 11:50pm local time from Budapest, Hungary. 04/03/2022.” said the commission.

Ceasefire declared

Meanwhile, Russia, which invaded the European country, has declared a partial ceasefire to allow humanitarian corridors out of the Ukrainian cities of Mariupol and Volnovakha.

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Russia’s defence ministry announced this on Saturday, noting that the partial ceasefire was to allow residents of the two besieged cities to evacuate.

“From 10am Moscow time (7am GMT), the Russian side declares a ceasefire and the opening of humanitarian corridors to allow civilians to leave Mariupol and Volnovakha,” the ministry announced.

The development comes after Vadim Boychenko, Mayor of Mariupol, said that the city was under “blockade” by Russian forces after days of “ruthless” attacks.

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