Russia-Ukraine crisis: Ukraine and Russia show interest in talks as Kyiv reports attack: 10 facts

Ukraine Russia War: The mayor of Kiev has declared that a new assault on the capital has already begun.

New Delhi:
The Russian and Ukrainian governments on Friday signaled an openness to negotiations even as a UN security action was blocked by Moscow as planned and authorities in Kyiv urged citizens to help defend the capital against the advance of the Russian forces.

Here are the top 10 updates on this big story:

  1. Ukraine and Russia are discussing a venue and time for the talks, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s spokesman Sergii Nykyforov said on social media hours after Russian President Vladimir Putin urged the Ukrainian army to overthrow its political leaders and negotiate peace.

  2. The Kremlin said earlier on Friday it had offered to meet with Ukrainian officials in the Belarusian capital Minsk, but Ukraine had instead offered Warsaw as a venue, leading to a “pause” in contacts. “Ukraine was and remains ready to talk about a ceasefire and peace,” Nykyforov said.

  3. US State Department spokesman Ned Price, however, said Russia’s offer of talks was an attempt to conduct diplomacy “at the barrel of a gun”, and that President Vladimir’s army Putin had to stop bombing Ukraine if he was serious about negotiations.

  4. Russia and the West have also exchanged stings over sanctions, with Moscow criticizing the “helplessness” of new financial restrictions against Vladimir Putin promised by the European Union and the United States.

  5. Russia vetoed a draft UN Security Council resolution that would have deplored Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine, while India, China and the United Arab Emirates abstained in the vote – a decision that Western countries see as a victory to show Russia’s international isolation.

  6. Earlier, contrary to overtures, Putin said in a televised address: “I once again appeal to the military personnel of the Ukrainian Armed Forces: do not allow neo-Nazis and (Ukrainian radical nationalists) to use your children, wives and the elders as human shields… Take the power in your hands, it will be easier for us to reach an agreement.”

  7. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, meanwhile, released a self-recorded video of central Kyiv swearing alongside key aides to stay and defend the capital against Russian invasion. The Ukrainian Ministry of Defense asked residents to make Molotov cocktails to repel the invaders.

  8. Moscow said it had captured Hostomel airfield northwest of the capital – a potential staging post for an assault on Kiev that has been disputed since Russian paratroopers landed there in the early hours of the war. This could not be confirmed, and Ukrainian authorities reported heavy fighting there.

  9. Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko said an assault on the city of 3 million was already underway. “Shooting and explosions are ringing out in some neighborhoods. Saboteurs have already entered Kiev… The enemy wants to bring the capital to its knees and destroy us.” The Ukrainian military said in a Facebook post that it repelled a Russian attack on one of Kiev’s main avenues.

  10. Ukraine said more than 1,000 Russian soldiers had been killed so far. Russia has not released casualty figures. The UN said 25 civilians had been killed and 102 injured, figures likely to be “a significant underestimate”. None of the tolls could be independently verified.

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