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Russia “Wants Agreement”, Ukraine Demands “Immediate Ceasefire”

Here are the 10 latest developments:

  1. Russia has said it wants to reach an agreement with Ukraine, a negotiator said today ahead of a talks between the two sides in Belarus. The Ukraine presidency has said it wants an “immediate ceasefire” and withdrawal of Russian troops.
  2. Ukraine agreed to the talks around the same time as Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered defence chiefs to put nuclear “deterrence forces” on high alertThe US has slammed him for “manufacturing threats that don’t exist” because his invasion of Ukraine “has been halted”.
  3. Ukraine agreed to hold talks with Russia at its border with Belarus — near the Chernobyl exclusion zone — after a call between President Volodymyr Zelensky and Belarus leader Alexander Lukashenko. Ukraine had earlier refused to talk in Belarus, where Russian troops were stationed before the invasion.
  4. The United Nations Security Council will hold a rare emergency special session of the General Assembly today to discuss Russia’s attack on Ukraine. India abstained from the procedural vote, but welcomed the talks between Moscow and Kyiv.
  5. Russia’s invasion force has lost momentum and is having logistical and supply problems after facing stiff Ukrainian resistance, the White House claims. However, Russia military has claimed air superiority in Ukraine and alleged that Ukraine is using civilians as human “shield”.
  6. Ukraine claims to have expelled Russian troops from its second city Kharkiv in the east of the country after Russian armoured vehicles got through its defences. The country says it is holding the line around capital Kyiv. Ukrainian military said Monday that Russian troops had slowed down “the pace of the offensive”.
  7. The UN has said 102 civilians, including seven children, have been killed in Ukraine. The UN refugee agency has said tens of thousands are fleeing the fighting, with most crossing into Poland as the total count reaches 400,000. Others are seeking shelter in Hungary, Romania, Moldova and Slovakia. Pope Francis has called for corridors for civilians to escape the fighting.
  8. Protests are building up against the invasion. Hundreds of thousands of people are taking part in solidarity marches from Berlin to Baghdad to Quito. Within Russia, over 5,000 people have been arrested for demonstrating against the attack.
  9. European Union members have announced new sanctions and assured Ukraine of more military support in the coming days. The countries will even send fighter jets to help Ukraine counter the Russian assault, the bloc’s foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said Sunday.
  10. As the chorus against the invasion grows, Google has followed Facebook in preventing Russian state media from earning money on its platforms. Elon Musk has orders his SpaceX’s Starlink satellite service to supply broadband to Ukraine after Russia tries to block internet coverage.
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