“Results” at the talks
Kyiv’s presidential adviser said a third round of talks between Ukraine and Russia on the Belarus-Poland border had brought “positive results” on opening humanitarian corridors.
However, Russia’s chief negotiator Vladimir Medinsky said Moscow’s expectations for the talks “have not been met”.
Turkey announces that it will host the foreign ministers of Russia and Ukraine on Thursday.
Bombed while fleeing
Russia is stepping up its bombardment of cities, including the city of Gostomel near Kiev, Kharkiv in the east, Sumy in the northeast, Chernihiv in the north and Mykolaiv in the southwest.
Ukrainian President Volodymr Zelensky accuses Russian troops of “deliberate killing” of civilians after a family with two children was killed by shelling as they tried to flee the town of Irpin.
Tens of thousands of people are still stranded without water or electricity in the southern port of Mariupol after two failed evacuation attempts.
Vows to further punish Russia
The leaders of the United States, France, Germany and Britain pledge to ‘continue to increase the costs to Russia’ of its invasion of Ukraine, the White House said after interviews by videoconference.
At least 13 people were killed in a bombing of an industrial bakery in Makariv, about 50 kilometers west of Kiev, according to Ukrainian emergency services.
Fierce fighting around Kiev
Ukrainian servicemen and fleeing residents describe fierce fighting on the northwestern outskirts of Kiev, including street battles and hand-to-hand combat, which could soon spread to the besieged capital.
EU examines applications for membership
EU members agree to begin the lengthy process of reviewing membership applications submitted by Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova following Russia’s invasion of its neighbour.
A rock-solid friendship
China’s foreign minister said the friendship between Beijing and Moscow was “rock-solid” despite the Russian invasion and offered to help mediate.
– Oil and gas prices soar –
Oil prices have hit a nearly 14-year high and natural gas prices in Europe and the UK are hitting record highs after the US proposed an embargo on imports of Russian oil.
German, British and Dutch leaders, however, warn against such a ban, saying it could endanger Europe’s energy security.
The price of nickel, of which Russia is a major producer, soars 90% to a record high amid supply fears.
Debts paid in rubles
Russia says it will allow Russian businesses and individuals to repay debts to creditors from ‘hostile’ countries, including the US, EU, Britain, Canada and Japan in battered national currency , the ruble.
Russia snubs international tribunal
Russia is snubbing a hearing at the International Court of Justice in The Hague in which Ukraine seeks an immediate order to end the conflict.
Russians need clothes: Uniqlo
Japanese casual clothing giant Uniqlo is defending its decision to keep Russian stores open even as rivals Zara and H&M suspend operations in the country following the invasion of Ukraine.
“Clothes are a necessity of life,” says Tadashi Yanai, president of operator Uniqlo Fast Retailing.
row of visas
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is defending his government against accusations of being unwelcoming to Ukrainian refugees, saying he has only granted around 50 visas so far due to the need to screen all new arrivals for security reasons.
1.7 million refugees
According to the UN, 1.7 million people have fled Ukraine, making it the fastest growing refugee crisis since World War II.
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