Russo-Ukraine War: Negotiations aimed at an immediate ceasefire and withdrawal of Russian forces have begun, the Ukrainian president’s office said.
Talks between Russia and Ukrainian officials began on the Belarusian border on Monday, Moscow said, four days after invading Ukraine deepened Russia’s diplomatic and economic isolation, the biggest attack on a European state since World War II.
Russian forces seized two small towns in southeastern Ukraine and the area around a nuclear power plant, but participated in stiff resistance elsewhere, Interfax news agency said on Monday.
Talks aimed at an immediate ceasefire and the withdrawal of Russian forces began, the Ukrainian president’s office said, following a Russian advance that has gone slower than some expected.
The Kremlin has alerted Russia, refusing to comment on Moscow’s purpose in the talks.
It was unclear whether any progress could be achieved after President Vladimir Putin launched an attack on Thursday and put Russia’s nuclear deterrent on high alert on Sunday.
Negotiations on the border with strong Russian ally Belarus are underway, where a referendum on Sunday approved a new constitution abolishing the country’s non-nuclear status after Russian troops invading the former Soviet republic of Ukraine. Launch pad for
The Western-led response to the invasion was widespread, with sanctions that have consistently cut Moscow’s major financial institutions off Western markets, sending Russia’s ruble currency down 30 percent against the dollar on Monday. Countries have also intensified arms supplies to Ukraine.
Ukrainian officials said explosions were heard before dawn on Monday in Kharkiv, the capital and major eastern city of Kyiv. But Russian ground forces’ attempts to capture key urban centers were repulsed, he said.
Russia’s defense ministry, however, said its forces had captured the cities of Burdiansk and Enerhodar in Ukraine’s south-eastern Zaporizhzhya region, as well as the area around the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant, Interfax reported. The operation of the plant continued as normal.
According to the news agency, Ukraine denied that the nuclear plant had fallen into Russian hands.
Donetsk regional administration chief Pavlo Kirilenko said on television Monday that fighting continued overnight around the Ukrainian port city of Mariupol.
He did not say whether the Russian military had gained or lost any bases or provided any casualty figures.
UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet said on Monday that at least 102 civilians have been killed and 304 others injured in Ukraine since Thursday, but the actual figure is expected to be “much higher”.
According to the United Nations refugee agency, more than half a million people have fled to neighboring countries.
Russia has fired more than 350 missiles at Ukrainian targets since Thursday, some of which are affecting civilian infrastructure, a senior US defense official said.
“They seem to be adopting a siege mentality, which any student of military strategy and tactics will tell you, when you employ a siege strategy, it is likely to cause collateral damage,” the official said on condition of anonymity. increases.”
Partners in the US-led NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) defense alliance are providing Ukraine with air-defense missiles and anti-tank weapons, Chief Jens Stoltenberg said in a tweet on Monday.
The Kremlin accused the European Union of hostile behavior, saying arms supplies to Ukraine were destabilizing and proved that Russia was right in its efforts to oust its neighbour.
It declined to comment on whether there is a risk of a confrontation between Russia and NATO. Russia has demanded that NATO never accept Ukraine.
Germany said it would massively increase defense spending, brushing off decades of reluctance to match its economic power with military might.
Russia’s ruble fell nearly 30 percent against the dollar on Monday, after Western countries unveiled sweeping sanctions on Saturday, including blocking some Russian banks from the SWIFT international payment system.
Russia’s central bank scrambled to manage the widening fall, saying it would resume buying gold in the domestic market, launching repurchase auctions without limits and easing restrictions on banks’ open foreign exchange positions. Will do
It also ordered brokers to stop attempts by foreigners to sell Russian securities.
The European Central Bank said that several European subsidiaries of Russian government-owned Sberbank Russia were failing or likely to fail because of the reputational cost of the war in Ukraine.
Britain said on Monday it was taking more measures against Russia together with the United States and the European Union.
Corporate giants also took action, with British oil major BP, the biggest foreign investor in Russia, saying it would drop its stake in state oil company Rosneft at a cost of up to $25 billion.
There have been rolling protests against the invasion around the world, including in Russia, where some 6,000 people have been detained in anti-war protests since Thursday, the OVD-info protest monitor said.
The UN Human Rights Council agreed on Monday to hold an urgent debate this week on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine at the request of Ukraine, with Kyiv’s envoy telling the Geneva Forum that some of Moscow’s military actions “amount to war crimes”. can.
The 47-member council adopted the resolution with 29 votes in support, with five in opposition, including Russia and China.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Monday asked the European Union to allow Ukraine to gain membership immediately.
“Our goal is to live with all Europeans and most importantly to be equal… I’m sure we deserve it,” he said in a video speech shared on social media.
US President Joe Biden will host a call on Monday to coordinate a joint response with allies and partners, the White House said.
Russia calls its actions in Ukraine a “special operation”, which it says was designed not to capture the region but to destroy the military capabilities of its southern neighbor and capture what they perceived as dangerous nationalists. has gone.
The European Union took all Russian aircraft out of its airspace, as did Canada, forcing Russian airline Aeroflot to cancel all flights to European destinations until further notice.
The European Union also banned Russian media outlets RT and Sputnik.
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