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March 28, 2022 / 11:09 PM IST

Russia Ukraine News Highlights | Ukrainian forces retake town south of Sumy from Russia, says US official

Russia Ukraine News Highlights | The United States assesses that Ukrainian forces have retaken the town of Trostyanets, south of Sumy, from Russian forces, a senior U.S. defense official said on Monday. "The Ukrainians are continuing to try to take back ground," the official told reporters, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Russia Ukraine News Highlights | Ukraine’s priorities at the Ukrainian-Russian talks in Turkey this week will be “sovereignty and territorial integrity,” President Volodymyr Zelenskyy told his nation Sunday in his nightly address.

“We are looking for peace, really, without delay,” he said. “There is an opportunity and a need for a face-to-face meeting in Turkey.

This is not bad. Let’s see the outcome.” This week, he said, “I will continue to appeal to the parliaments of other countries” to remind them of the dire situation in besieged cities like Mariupol.

He thanked Ukraine’s armed forces, who he said “are holding back the occupiers, and in some areas they are even taking steps forward. Well done.” Zelenskyy also told independent Russian journalists Sunday that his government would consider declaring neutrality and offering security guarantees to Russia, repeating earlier statements. That would include keeping Ukraine nuclear-free, he said.

He told the reporters that the issue of neutrality – and agreeing to stay out of NATO – should be put to Ukrainian voters in a referendum after Russian troops withdraw. He said that a vote could take place within a few months once Russian troops leave.

Russia quickly banned Zelenskyy's interview from being published. Roskomnadzor, which regulates communications for Moscow, issued the ban Sunday, saying there could be action taken against the Russian media outlets that took part, which included “those that are foreign media outlets acting as foreign agents.”

Zelenskyy responded by saying Moscow was afraid of a relatively short conversation with journalists. “It would be funny if it weren’t so tragic,” he said, according to the Ukrainian news agency RBK Ukraina.
  • March 28, 2022 / 11:11 PM IST

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  • March 28, 2022 / 10:55 PM IST

    Russia-Ukraine Crisis LIVE | Ukrainian forces retake town south of Sumy from Russia, says US official

    The United States assesses that Ukrainian forces have retaken the town of Trostyanets, south of Sumy, from Russian forces, a senior U.S. defense official said on Monday. "The Ukrainians are continuing to try to take back ground," the official told reporters, speaking on condition of anonymity. (Reuters)

  • March 28, 2022 / 10:40 PM IST

    Russia-Ukraine Crisis LIVE | UN to explore possibility of humanitarian truce in Ukraine

    United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Monday he has directed the world body's aid chief "to explore with the parties involved" the possibility of a humanitarian ceasefire in Ukraine. Guterres also appealed for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire "to allow for progress in serious political negotiations, aimed at reaching a peace agreement based on the principles of the United Nations Charter." (Reuters)

  • March 28, 2022 / 09:50 PM IST

     Russia-Ukraine Crisis LIVE | Russian billionaire Abramovich, Ukrainian peace negotiators hit by suspected poisoning: Report

    Sanctioned Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich and Ukrainian peace negotiators suffered symptoms of suspected poisoning earlier this month after a meeting in Kyiv, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday, citing people familiar with the matter. Abramovich, who accepted a Ukrainian request to help negotiate an end to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, and at least two senior members of the Ukrainian team, were affected, the WSJ report said.

    Their symptoms included red eyes, constant and painful tearing, and peeling skin on their faces and hands, the WSJ report added.

    Abramovich and the Ukrainian negotiators, including Crimean Tatar lawmaker Rustem Umerov, have since improved and their lives are not in danger, WSJ reported. A person familiar with the matter confirmed the incident to Reuters but said Abramovich had not allowed it to stop him working. (Reuters)

  • March 28, 2022 / 09:19 PM IST

    Russia-Ukraine Crisis LIVE | Ukraine president says he spoke to Italian PM, Rome helping with security guarantees

    Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky said he spoke to Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi about Kyiv's security concerns, and urged Rome to help to create a system that would provide Ukraine security guarantees against any potential act of aggression in the future.

    "Discussed the course of countering Russian aggression. Thanked for the important defense and humanitarian support. Ukrainian people will remember this. We appreciate Italy's willingness to join the creation of a system of security guarantees for Ukraine," Zelenskiy said on Twitter.

  • March 28, 2022 / 09:14 PM IST

     Russia-Ukraine Crisis LIVE Updates | Kyiv mayor says more than 100 war deaths in city, including 4 children

    There have been more than 100 deaths in the Ukrainian capital Kyiv since Russia's invasion of its neighbour, the city's mayor Vitali Klitschko said on Monday.

    In an address to city councillors of Florence, which is twinned with Kyiv, Klitschko said more than 20 corpses could not be identified and four of the victims were children, while another 16 injured children are in hospital.  (Reuters)

  • March 28, 2022 / 08:00 PM IST

    Russia Ukraine News LIVE Updates | Ukraine forces retake village outside Kharkiv

    Ukrainian forces on Monday recaptured a small village on the outskirts of Ukraine's second-largest city Kharkiv, as Kyiv's forces mount counterattacks against a stalling Russian invasion. Members of the Ukrainian army were clearing and securing destroyed homes in the settlement of Malaya Rohan, about five kilometres (three miles) from Kharkiv, after pushing out Russian forces. AFP journalists saw what appeared to be the bodies of two Russian soldiers in the streets of the village that was largely destroyed by the fighting. The remains of two other soldiers had been thrown into a nearby well. "There are Russian corpses all over the place," a Ukrainian soldier told AFP, who said more than two dozen soldiers dispatched to Ukraine by Moscow had been killed in the fight for the hamlet. AFP journalists also observed remnants of several Russian armoured vehicles abandoned in the yards of homes in the village. Ukraine launched its attack on the Russian-controlled village in the middle of last week, but it took several days to rout Moscow's troops hiding in cellars and nearby forests, the military said. "Our troops are liberating Malaya Rohan, and this is hugely important because Russian troops are constantly shelling residential areas of Kharkiv from there," the mayor of Ukraine's second-most populated city, Igor Terekhov said earlier. Russian and Ukrainian troops meanwhile have been fighting for several days for control of the neighbouring town of Vilkhivka, a few kilometres further north. Ukrainian officials have also accused the Russian army of using it as a base to shell Kharkiv. 

  • March 28, 2022 / 07:52 PM IST

    Russia Ukraine News LIVE Updates | Vladimir Putin does not appear ready to compromise on Ukraine: US official
    Russian President Vladimir Putin does not appear ready to make compromises to end the war in Ukraine, a senior U.S. official said on Monday as Ukraine and Russia were preparing for their  first face-to-face peace talks in more than two weeks."Everything I have seen is he is not willing to compromise at this point," the senior U.S. State Department official told Reuters on condition of anonymity after Ukraine's president sketched out a potential way to end the crisis over the weekend.

  • March 28, 2022 / 07:44 PM IST

    Russia Ukraine News LIVE Updates | Russia to study video of alleged mistreatment of prisoners, Kyiv questions its veracity

    The Kremlin said on Monday that Russian investigators would look into a video circulated on social media that purported to show Ukrainian forces mistreating captured Russian soldiers. Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said the video, which he said contained "monstrous images", needed to be legally assessed and for those who took part in what he described as torture to be held responsible. Reuters has not been able to independently verify the authenticity of the video cited by the Kremlin. The Ukrainian government did not immediately respond directly to Peskov's comments although senior officials had earlier portrayed the video as a fake. "Currently, no one can confirm or deny the veracity of this video. It's not known where it's happening, or who the participants are," military spokesperson Oleksander Motuzyanyk said. He referred Reuters to comments made by Valery Zaluzhny, the chief commander of Ukraine's armed forces, before Peskov announced the Russian investigation into the video. "The enemy produces and shares videos with the inhuman treatment of alleged 'Russian prisoners' by 'Ukrainian soldiers' in order to discredit the Ukrainian Defence Forces," Zaluzhny said.

  • March 28, 2022 / 07:33 PM IST

    Russia Ukraine News LIVE Updates | Ex-separatist leader calls Russian attack on Ukraine a mistake

    One of the architects of the Moscow-backed separatist rebellion in eastern Ukraine eight years ago said Russia's invasion of Ukraine is a mistake, in comments that show the Kremlin cannot count on support from all pro-Russian opponents of Kyiv. Alexei Alexandrov was one of the leaders of a movement in 2014 to reject Kyiv's rule and create an autonomous pro-Moscow territory in Ukraine's eastern Donbas region, triggering a war against Ukrainian government forces. Russian President Vladimir Putin has said Russia attacked Ukraine last month in part to protect the separatist territory from Kyiv, though Western states say that is a pretext for an unprovoked land grab. In an interview with Reuters last Friday, Alexandrov said: "All this could have been resolved earlier, mainly through diplomatic means and perhaps an insignificant use of force. But that was not done, and that is a mistake on all sides." He said that because Moscow failed to negotiate a settlement with Kyiv guaranteeing autonomy for the Donbas and rights for its residents, by the start of this year armed conflict became unavoidable. Alexandrov said Moscow had, over many years, failed to grasp how to deal with Ukraine, whose rulers he said were set on crushing the identity of the Russian-speaking community in eastern Ukraine, an allegation that Kyiv and its allies deny. "Moscow's reaction was always late, and never got to grips with the situation," he said. "That was a mistake, and we are reaping the consequences now in blood, and multiple victims on both sides."

  • March 28, 2022 / 07:21 PM IST

    Russia Ukraine News LIVE Updates | Russia preparing restrictions on entry from 'unfriendly' states: Sergei Lavrov

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Monday Moscow was preparing to restrict entry into Russia for nationals of "unfriendly" countries, which include Britain, all EU states and the United States. "A draft presidential decree is being developed on retaliatory visa measures in response to the 'unfriendly' actions of a number of foreign states," Lavrov said in televised remarks. "This act will introduce a number of restrictions on entry into Russia".

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