Face-to-face peace talks between Ukraine and Russia are likely to begin in Turkey on Tuesday. When negotiators arrived in Istanbul for the first face-to-face peace talks in more than two weeks, both sides downplayed the possibility of a major breakthrough, and U.S. officials said Vladimir Putin wasn’t ready to compromise. rice field.
Ukrainian president In his nightly speech, Volodymyr Zelensky said, “I had a very active diplomatic day.”After talking with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, German Prime Minister Olav Scholz, Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, and Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev.
Zelenskiy also called for the sanctions package to be “effective and substantive.” “We have called on countries that continue to supply Ukraine with weapons.” Ukrainians should not die just because someone cannot find enough courage to hand over the weapons they need to Ukraine, “he said. ..
Dmitry Peskov, Kremlin spokesman Russia said it feels so “”In the war with the West, after a series of sanctions were imposed on Russian businesses and individuals. ” Peskov mentioned the ongoing tensions with Russia’s NATO and told broadcaster PBS, “Don’t hunt us down. No.”
Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich and Ukrainian peace negotiators suffered symptoms consistent with addiction earlier this month. Abramovich was involved in informal peace talks in early March, when he began to feel sick, in Kyiv, the capital of Ukraine, according to sources who knew the incident directly, sources told the Guardian. negotiation.
According to British military intelligence, Russia continues to suffer significant losses and is expected to send more than 1,000 mercenaries to eastern Ukraine. According to the Ministry of Defense, the Wagner Group, a Russian private military company, has already been deployed in eastern Ukraine and will send more than 1,000 mercenaries, including senior officials from the organization.
Kyiv has seen no signs because Russia has given up plans to surround the Ukrainian capital, said Ukrainian Ministry of Defense spokesman Oleksander Motuzyanyk. “For now, we haven’t seen any movement of enemy troops away from Kyiv,” he said in a television briefing.
Ukrainian troops have regained full control of the town of Irpin, a few miles from Kyiv. The mayor of the region, Oleksandr Marxin, said Irpin was “liberated” and Russian soldiers “offered to surrender.” The United States cannot confirm who controls the city of Irpin, a senior US defense official said.
Russian soldiers who occupied the site of the Chernobyl accident unprotected through a highly toxic zone called the “Red Forest” and kicked up a cloud of radioactive dust. Chernobyl workers told Reuters. Two sources said they had witnessed Russian tanks and other armored vehicles moving through the Red Forest, the most radioactively contaminated area of the zone around Chernobyl.
Since Russia invaded Ukraine last month, about 5,000 people, including about 210 children, have been killed in the devastated city of Mariupol. The mayor’s spokesman said.. Vadym Boichenko said Mariupol was on the verge of a humanitarian catastrophe and had to evacuate completely, leaving about 160,000 civilians helplessly trapped in the city.
Ukrainian Minister of Economy Julia Svilidenko said the war has so far cost the country $ 564.9 billion (£ 429.3 billion) in terms of damage to infrastructure, loss of economic growth and other factors. Stated. She said in an online post that 8,000 kilometers (4,970 miles) of roads and 10 square meters of homes were damaged or destroyed as a result of the battle.
Volodymyr Zelenskiy accused Russian authorities of downplaying the families of their dead soldiers. The Ukrainian president criticized Moscow for disagreeing with plans to return the bodies of the war dead to Russia, and the Kremlin respected those killed during the invasion of Ukraine more than would normally be given to dead pets. Claimed not to pay.
Novaya Gazeta, one of Russia’s last remaining independent news outlets, has ceased operations after receiving a second warning from a national censor for violating the country’s “foreign agent” law. Said. The warning was issued the day after editor-in-chief Dmitry Muratov spoke with Zelensky in a group interview with a Russian journalist who was immediately banned by state media watcher Rothcomnazol.
Video footage claiming to show the torture of Russian prisoners of war is being investigated by the Ukrainian government. This unverified film seems to show that Ukrainian soldiers removed three hooded Russians from the van and then shot their legs.
US President Joe Biden said he “will not apologize” after appearing to have called for Putin’s dismissal last week. When asked by reporters if he regretted not to maintain Putin’s administration, Biden said, “I didn’t explicitly state policy changes at the time. I expressed my moral anger. “.
Ukraine experienced a major cyberattack on telecommunications provider Ukrtelecom on Monday. The Ukrainian National Special Communications Agency (SSSCIP Ukraine) has reported that Russian troops have launched an attack on Ukrtelecom, Ukraine’s only telephone company.