Russia is no longer demanding to “de-risk Ukraine” and is willing to allow Kiev to join the European Union as long as it remains not militarily aligned. Four people with knowledge of ongoing negotiations between Russian and Ukrainian negotiators told the Financial Times. Sources in the draft ceasefire document indicate that the words “de-Nazification”, “disarmament” and legal protection of the Russian language no longer appear.
Moscow and Kiev negotiators should meet in Istanbul for the fourth round of peace talks. The concessions from Russia come at a time when the ground offensive, which began a month ago, has stalled thanks to the Ukrainian resistance. One of the most important points for Ukraine is still outside the draft, which is the claim to the pro-Russian separatist regions of Donbass and Donetsk. Sources told the Financial Times that it is a topic that could be discussed in a conversation between Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and Russia’s Vladimir Putin.
On the eve of the resumption of negotiations, The Russian advance stopped in Kyiv. Ukrainian forces claimed to have regained full control of Irbin, the capital’s northwestern suburb that has been the center of fierce fighting for weeks. Mayor Alexander Markushin declared, “Erpin has been freed from the evil of Moscow! Glory to Ukraine,” but demanded that residents not return to their homes yet because “cleanup” was still in progress. The city is mined and there is a danger of being bombarded by enemy forces.
The Ukrainian delegation arrived in Istanbul before the talks. This was stated by the Turkish NTV television. Negotiations between the delegations of Russia and Ukraine will be held behind closed doors starting tomorrow at 10.30 local time (9.30 Italian time) in the offices of the Turkish Presidential Residence at Dolmabahce Palace in Istanbul.
Some mayors kidnapped by Russian forces are found dead, President Zelensky said in an interview with The Economist. “They kidnap the mayors of our cities. They killed some of them. We cannot find some of them. We have already found some and they are dead,” the Ukrainian president said. In recent days, the Ukrainian media had emphasized the kidnapping of at least 14 mayors.
Zelensky lashes out at the West: “You lack courage”
Zelensky wants Italy among the guarantors – “Our president launched the U24 initiative, United for Peace, to create a group of countries capable of responding within 24 hours in the event of aggression. According to our president – said the Ukrainian ambassador in Rome, Yaroslav Melnik -, this group should include the permanent members of the Council International security, plus Germany, Canada, Turkey and even Italy. I am happy to see Italy on this list.”
Prime Minister Mario Draghi, during a telephone conversation today with the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky – Palazzo Chigi reports -, He renewed the Italian government’s strong support for the Ukrainian authorities and people, and Italy’s full readiness To contribute to international action to end the war and promote a lasting solution to the crisis in Ukraine. Zelensky, after a telephone conversation with Prime Minister Mario Draghi, thanked on Twitter “the willingness of Italy to join the creation of a system of security guarantees in support of Ukraine.”. Zelensky also thanks Draghi for the humanitarian and defense assistance that our country has provided to the Ukrainian people.
Ukraine, the 32nd day of the war: the summary in pictures
Biden in the buffalo The Kremlin describes Biden’s comments on Putin as “alarming.” The US president called the Russian president a “butcher”. China considers “dialogue and negotiation” “the only correct way to resolve the Ukraine issue: what all parties urgently need now is to de-escalate the situation, promote talks and end war, rather than intersection of disputes” is a comment from Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin. In the evening Biden points out: “I don’t shoot anything.” President Joe Biden said this of Vladimir Putin’s sentences, stressing that he had expressed his “contempt” for the war in Ukraine, making it clear that it was a “personal opinion” rather than a political indication of a possible regime change. Joe Biden does not believe his comments on Vladimir Putin will complicate diplomacy to resolve the conflict in Ukraine. He said this himself in response to reporters.
Storm over Biden’s incursion on Putin, Europe does not bear any signs
Meanwhile, Schulz announced that Germany is considering purchasing a missile defense system to protect itself from a possible Russian attack. “It is certainly one of the problems we are discussing, and for good reason – we must realize that we have a neighbor who is willing to use violence to assert their interests,” the German chancellor said.
Putin and gas in Rabl – Europe does not want to pay for gas in rubles? Russia certainly will not distribute its gas for free, “we will not believe.” This was confirmed by Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Pesko, according to TASS. Peskov did not get out of balance on what countermeasures Moscow could take to the West’s refusal to pay for supplies in rubles as requested by the Russian administration in reference to unidentified “enemy states”. Peskov added: “But we certainly will not provide gas for free, that’s for sure. It is almost impossible to do charitable work in our situation.”
war – “Erbin was freed from the evil of Moscow! Glory to Ukraine,” said the mayor of the city on the outskirts of Kyiv, Alexander Markushin, on a telegram. “The Ukrainian army is cleaning up the city and residents have been asked not to return to their homes yet,” according to Ukrainian public radio Sopsilin. Nearly five thousand people were killed in the Russian siege of Mariupol, including 210 children. said the mayor of the coastal city in southern Ukraine, Vadim Boychenko, citing Ukrinform. The city of Mariupol is on the brink of a humanitarian catastrophe and must be completely evacuated, He said. For the mayor, about 160,000 civilians are trapped in the city without electricity and 26 buses are waiting for civilians to be evacuated but Russian forces have not agreed to guarantee safe passage. The siege of Mariupol lasted for 28 days. The mayor added that before the exits to the city were closed, 140,000 people fled, while another 150,000 were evacuated and 30,000 “deported” to Russia or Russian-occupied areas in eastern Ukraine. About 170,000 people are still stranded in the city. The mayor said again, during the siege, the bombing destroyed 2,340 residential buildings and 61,200 private ones. Three hospitals were destroyed, seven others were damaged, 57 schools and 70 kindergartens, two factories, a port and a military unit.
The Russian army kidnapped a member of the Militobo municipal councilto. This was announced by Mayor Ivan Fedorov, who himself was kidnapped at the beginning of the month and then released on March 16. The Kyiv Independent reports on this. According to the mayor, this is Irina Shcherbak, head of the education department of the city council.
world champion in kickboxing, Maxime Kajal, died in battle In Mariupol, he was part of the Azov Special Forces.
Heavy fighting in Donetsk and Lugansk regions “Because, unlike other areas of operation, Russia does not stop trying to carry out offensive operations there.” This was stated by Oleksandr Motozyanek, a spokesman for the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine. In Marinka and other cities “there is heavy fighting: the Ukrainian armed forces and other defense forces are successfully defending these settlements” while “other places are now under the control of the Russian army but I cannot name them.” According to the defense spokesman, the seizure of the territory of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions is “one of the strategic tasks of Russia: the occupation of these two regions completely within the administrative boundaries, so to speak.”
In the last 24 Russian soldiers The Kharkiv region was bombed more than 200 times Artillery, mortars, multiple rocket launchers, tornadoes and cluster munitions are prohibited. The Kyiv Independent newspaper quoted the head of the Kharkiv Regional Military Administration Ole Senegubov as saying on Telegram. From the camp came news that Russia had withdrawn the troops around Kiv after incurring heavy losses, according to the latest operational report of the Ukrainian army. But the Russian Defense Ministry released a video showing armored vehicles of the Airborne Forces moving in the Kyiv region. Moreover, it happened in the last 24 hours More than 40 explosions of Russian forces in the Kyiv region. This was announced by the head of the Kyiv Regional Military Administration Oleksandr Pavlyuk, Ukrinform reported. “The regions of Bucha (Irpin, Bucha, Makariv, Borodian, Dmitriev), Provarsky (Velikodimirsk community), Vyshgorod (Demirsk community, Ivankiv community) were the most affected by the bombing,” he said. The most dangerous directions, according to Pavlyuk, are the Zhytomyr highway, Bucha-Irbin-Gostomel, Nemishev, Dmitriev community, Makarev community, northern Vyshgorod region, the territory of some settlements of Baryshevska, Kalyyanska, Velikodemirskaya community .
He also left the town of Slavutich, inhabited largely by workers from the Chernobyl nuclear power plant.
“The Russian private military company, the Wagner Group, has already deployed in eastern Ukraine, and we expect them to deploy more than a thousand mercenaries, including senior executives of the organization, for combat operations,” he added. UK Ministry of Defense on Twitter.
UNESCO Odessa Request – “UNESCO gives us a signal, it can be our best defense against the Russian attack.” This is the appeal made this morning by the mayor of Odessa, Gennady Trukhanov, together with some international media. In response to an American news agency (ANSA) asking him about the possible acceleration of the city’s application for entry into the UNESCO World Heritage List, Trukhanov confirmed that he had consulted the Ukrainian government about it. The mayor explained, “We are on the preliminary list, our documents were completed 2-3 years ago. It will be a great sign from UNESCO.”
How to check in Russian Gambizati video The Ukrainian government has promised to conduct an “immediate investigation” into Video of Ukrainian soldiers shooting Russian prisonersAnd he hit them in the knees during an operation in the Kharkiv region: CNN reports.
Ukraine, soldiers shoot Russian prisoners in the knees in a video
Mattarella’s call – “We do not find a rational motive for this war. We need to stop it now immediately. We need dialogue and negotiations to end the war immediately,” President Sergio Mattarella said, speaking at Trieste University. intervention
Children’s massacre – The number of children killed in Ukraine since the beginning of the Russian invasion has risen to 143, compared to 139 yesterday, while the number of wounded is now 216: This was announced on Telegram by Liudmyla Denisova, responsible for human rights in the Verkhovna Rada according to Ukrinform.
Novaya Gazeta hangs prints – The most important independent Russian newspaper “Novaya Gazeta” suspends its publication. This was reported by the same newspaper on its website.
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