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The details of the limited cease-fires — which followed a second round of talks Thursday — are still being worked out, officials said. Ukrainian leaders are warning that food, medicine and other essentials are running low in southern cities under siege. In Kherson by the Black Sea, one official warned of disaster within days unless a corridor opened. In coastal Mariupol, near the Russian border, the mayor said residents have “no light, water and heat.”
Russian President Vladimir Putin has now sent 90 percent of the forces readied around Ukraine into the country, according to a senior U.S. defense official. Russian troops are moving toward the capital, Kyiv, and the defense official said the invaders show a “clear willingness” to hit civilian targets.
More than 1 million people have fled Ukraine, according to the United Nations, an exodus that is expected to become Europe’s worst humanitarian crisis this century. U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas cited those harrowing conditions Thursday as he said tens of thousands of Ukrainian nationals already living in America would get temporary protection from deportation.