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March 12, 2022 / 10:55 PM IST

Russia-Ukraine Conflict Highlights | Ukrainian foreign minister says ready to negotiate, but will not surrender

Russia-Ukraine Conflict Highlights: Russian forces inched towards Kyiv Saturday and pounded civilian areas in other Ukrainian cities as concerns grew over the besieged southern port of Mariupol, where officials said more than 1,500 people had been killed.

Russia-Ukraine Conflict Highlights: Western sanctions against Russia could cause the International Space Station to crash, the head of Russian space agency Roscosmos warned Saturday, calling for the punitive measures to be lifted.

According to Dmitry Rogozin, the sanctions could disrupt the operation of Russian vessels servicing the ISS. As a result, the Russian segment of the station -- which helps correct its orbit -- could be affected, causing the 500-tonne structure

to "fall down into the sea or onto land".

Russian forces inched towards Kyiv Saturday and pounded civilian areas in other Ukrainian cities as concerns grew over the besieged southern port of Mariupol, where officials said more than 1,500 people had been killed.

More than two weeks after Moscow shocked the world by invading Ukraine, the United Nations and others said it may be committing war crimes in cities such as Mariupol, which for days has been under attack by Vladimir Putin's forces.

The United States accused Russia of violating nuclear safety principles in Ukraine and demanded its invading forces stop firing on nuclear power plants, but added that there were no signs detected yet of any radiological release.

Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskiy accused Russia of refusing to allow people out of the besieged city of Mariupol and said Ukraine would try again to deliver food and medicines there on Saturday. Residents of Mariupol, a strategically important city of over 400,000 in peacetime, have been without power or water for more than a week.

Russian President Vladimir Putin launched what he called a special military operation before dawn on February 24, ignoring Western warnings and saying the "neo-Nazis" ruling Ukraine threatened Russia's security. Russia's assault is said to be the biggest on a European state since World War Two and threatens to upend the continent's post-Cold War order.
  • Russia-Ukraine Conflict Highlights | Ukrainian foreign minister says ready to negotiate, but will not surrender
    Ukraine Russia war: A view of a car destroyed by recent shelling in Kyiv outskirts. (AFP Photo)
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