UKRAINE UPDATES: Peace talks hopeful; Convoy escapes Mariupol; Missiles kill civilians; Chernobyl energy outage; Russians protest warfare

As the Russian invasion enters its 20th day, here’s the latest headlines from the struggle in Ukraine…

• Russian and Ukrainian ambassadors will resume negotiations by video name on Tuesday, after a fourth spherical of in-person talks ended without breakthrough on Monday in Turkey, despite optimism from the Ukrainians on the weekend.
• In a video address posted on Facebook, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky says the peace talks with Russia have been going “pretty good” — a big enchancment in tone, bolstering hopes of a ceasefire soon. He additionally said that Russian troops were confused and didn’t count on to encounter such fierce resistance from Ukrainians, echoing the assumption that Russian troops had been fed misinformation about the “special army operation” in Ukraine.
“They flee the battlefield. They abandon equipment… We take trophies and use them to protect Ukraine. Today, Russian troops are, in reality, one of many suppliers of apparatus to our army. They couldn’t think about such a factor in a nightmare.”

• The Kremlin has stated it hasn’t ruled out taking “full control” of major Ukrainian cities and has denied it requested China for military help.
• Meanwhile, Israeli Prime Minister has called Putin to debate the battle in Ukraine, because it continues its quiet makes an attempt to act as a mediator for peace. Germany’s Scholz has mentioned that the peace talks must lead to a ceasefire quickly, as Germany ramps up its own navy spending to safe 35 extra F-35 fighter jets from the US.
• A Turkish official has said that NATO will maintain an extraordinary defence ministers meeting on Wednesday to discuss the struggle in Ukraine. The Ukrainian president has known as for a no-fly zone over his nation, a plea which NATO has so far continued to reject, in concern of dragging other European countries into the conflict with Russia.
• Russia is constant its bombardment of cities throughout Ukraine. At least two individuals have died in missile strikes on residential apartment buildings in Kyiv. Meanwhile, the successful evacuation of civilians from Kyiv area cities continues for a fifth consecutive day.
• Meanwhile, Russia’s defence ministry claims a Ukrainian missile has killed 20 individuals within the city of Donetsk, but Ukraine blames Russia for the assault. Elsewhere in the Rivne region, a Russian airstrike on a television tower has killed no much less than 9 people and wounded 9 others, as Russian forces continue to target critical infrastructure throughout Ukraine.
• In the besieged Ukrainian metropolis of Mariupol, an evacuation convoy of some 160 vehicles has managed to flee. Russian shelling has prevented earlier attempts to permit civilians to flee the southern city along so-called humanitarian corridors. Those who’ve escaped the town have described scenes of desperation with residents running out of food and clean water. The city’s mayor says Russian shelling is continuous to stop the supply of essential aid to residents trapped in the besieged metropolis. Zelensky says a convoy with 100 tonnes of provides has been unable to enter the city.
• In Russia, 1000’s of protesters have already been arrested, including a woman holding a blank sign and another with an indication saying “two words.” On Monday, a girl holding an anti-war sign appeared behind a newsreader on Russian TV’s Channel One. Marina Ovsyannikova, an editor on the state media station, jumped on screen with an indication reading…

Before pulling her harmful stunt, the lady prepared a video explaining her state of mind, saying…

“What’s happening now in Ukraine is a legal offense. And Russia is the aggressor country. The accountability for that aggression lies on the conscious of only one man, and that man is Vladimir Putin. My father is Ukrainian. My mom is Russian. They had been by no means enemies.”

• In the UK, cabinet secretary Michael Gove has launched a plan for Britons to deal with Ukrainian refugees of their houses, because the UK considers utilizing the seized properties of a Russian oligarch for housing Ukrainian refugees.
• Germany says 146,000 Ukrainians refugees have already register in the country, France says it has the capability to obtain up to one hundred,000 refugees, with some 13,500 already registered. Meanwhile, Russia says it has acquired 250,000 refugees, but it’s not clear whether that includes Russian citizens who had been living in Ukraine and Ukrainians with Russian heritage or citizenship. Ukraine’s deputy inside minister says the federal government has evacuated 548,000 people for the explanation that starting of Russia’s invasion.
• A energy grid operator has confirmed that Russian forces have once more damaged a power line to the decommissioned Chernobyl nuclear power plant.
• Vitaly Klitschko, the mayor of Kyiv, and his brother Wladimir, who’re Ukrainian boxing legends, continue to give interviews with Western media, calling for Russia to end its invasion for Russian troops to go house. According to includes many followers of the Klitschko bothers, with a minimal of one captured Russian soldier referencing the pair in a televised speech asking for forgiveness.

PHOTO: The Klitschko brothers, Ukrainian boxing legends, give a video interview to France24 | YouTube

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