A third round of talks between Russia and Ukraine ended without a breakthrough, Ukrainian officials said, as Russia continues to press Ukraine to give up Crimea and a large slice of eastern Ukraine as a condition for Russia to stop its attacks.
The talks, which began as the war entered its 12th day, yielded some progress in logistical arrangements for local cease-fires and evacuation corridors, said Ukrainian negotiator Mykhailo Podolyak after several days of failed efforts to enable civilians to safely leave areas under Russian attack.
“So far, there weren’t results that significantly improve the situation,” said Podolyak, insisting that “consultations will be continued and we’ll get results.”
Before the latest negotiations took place, Russian President Vladimir Putin had also demanded that Ukraine accept neutrality, abandon efforts to join NATO and completely demilitarize.
Meanwhile, casualties climbed as fighting continued and local leaders anticipated additional attacks. In the crucial port city of Odessa, the mayor told The Washington Post, “The aggressor is not far. … For 10 days, the city has been living with this tension.”
Here’s what to know
- Oil prices reached their highest point in more than a decade on Monday, as the possibility of further disruption to energy markets spurred a global stock market sell-off.
- Moscow’s proposed evacuation routes to Russia and Belarus are “unacceptable,” Ukraine said after Russia announced six thoroughfares — four of which led to the two nations.
- The Pentagon will send an additional 500 U.S. troops from the United States to Europe to bolster American forces in the eastern part of the continent, a senior U.S. defense official said.
- Russia did not show up for a hearing at the United Nations’ top court, effectively boycotting Ukrainian efforts to seek an immediate end to the fighting.
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