Here are the latest developments in the war on Ukraine.
Ukraine and Russia’s top diplomats failed to reach an agreement on Thursday to calm fighting in Ukraine or even ease a worsening humanitarian crisis, dashing hopes of a speedy end to the two-week-old conflict. in which hundreds of people were killed and millions were displaced. ,
Speaking to reporters after the meeting at the Turkish resort of Antalya, Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dimitro Kuleba said “we have not made progress” in reaching a ceasefire, but “to continue efforts to seek solutions to humanitarian issues”. Agreed” on the ground.”
“If there is sufficient discussion and resolution, I will be ready to meet again in this format,” Mr. Kuleba said.
But comments by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei V. Lavrov indicated that Moscow’s position on the offensive launched 14 days earlier was far from softening.
“We are not planning to attack other countries,” he told a Turkish correspondent. “We didn’t even attack Ukraine.” He was reiterating Russian claims that the country was forced to conduct “special military operations” in Ukraine to ensure its security.
In just 14 days, Russian missiles and artillery have killed hundreds of civilians in Ukraine. It has sparked the worst refugee crisis on the continent since World War II and forced millions to seek shelter in crawl spaces and basements. Entire cities have been destroyed, city blocks have been reduced to rubble, schools have been bombed and nuclear facilities have been compromised.
Here are other major developments:
At least three people were killed after a Russian missile attack destroyed a maternity hospital in the southern city of Mariupol on Wednesday, a local government statement said. People are cutting down trees for fuel and digging trenches for mass graves in the city, which has been besieged by Russian forces for nearly a week.
The British government on Thursday banned Oleg Deripaska, a billionaire aluminum magnate with links to two of Russia’s biggest oligarchs, Chelsea soccer club owner Roman Abramovich and Russian President Vladimir V. Putin.
The leaders of EU member states will meet in Versailles, France on Thursday, 103 years after world leaders gathered to sign a treaty that ended World War I. He is expected to discuss Ukraine’s appeal to join the bloc.
The US House approved its spending bill, which includes about $13.6 billion in aid to Ukraine. The funding is split almost equally between military and humanitarian aid and more than doubled originally proposed.
More companies are exiting Russia, including hotel chains Hyatt and Hilton. Hitachi said it was suspending exports to Russia and halting manufacturing. The New York Times is tracking the pullout.
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