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After previously breaking ceasefires to attack fleeing Ukrainian citizens, Russia has offered residents of some cities evacuation routes that lead to Russia and Belarus. A spokesperson for Volodymyr Zelensky labelled the proposal “completely immoral”. A whistleblower in Russian intelligence has branded the Ukraine invasion a “total failure”, says The Times. The whistleblower claims the number of Russian dead could already have reached 10,000, and that the war has been given a “provisional deadline” of June, given the economic pressures on Russia. The UN says more than 1.5 million people have fled Ukraine since the conflict began, only 50 of whom have been accepted by Britain as refugees. Home Secretary Priti Patel tells The Sun she is “urgently escalating” Britain’s humanitarian response to allow more people in.