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(Adnkronos) – Ukraine-Russia war, several very strong explosions were warned in the center of Kiev around 5 this morning. Numerous media reports. CNN speaks of two explosions, citing the team present on the spot.
More than 2,000 civilians have been killed in the occupied Ukrainian port city of Mariupol so far, local authorities said Tuesday. Since the Russian invasion of Ukraine began on February 24, 2,357 people have been killed, Mariupol city council said. The southeastern Ukrainian city with around 400,000 inhabitants was besieged by Russian troops for days and cut off from the rest of the country. Ukrainian authorities reported serious air strikes on the city on the Sea of Azov. Russia for its part claims that it is attacking only military targets.
The adviser to the mayor of Mariupol, Petro Andriushchenko, described the situation in the city as “inhumane”. “No food, no water, no light, no heat,” he said, pointing out that he fears there will be many more deaths. With the increasing intensity of the attacks, the death toll could reach 20,000, he said. The casualty figures cannot be independently verified.
New Kiev-Moscow talks today
Meanwhile, the work of diplomacy continues. After a “technical break”, negotiations resume today “between Kiev and Moscow.” The negotiations continue “, the adviser to the Ukrainian presidency, Mykhailo Podolyak, wrote yesterday in a tweet, taking stock of the talks that President Volodymyr Zelensky defined “difficult”.
“The two sides actively express their specific positions: communications are kept up, but it is difficult,” Podolyak said. The chief negotiator observed that “at the root of the discord are political systems that are too different. Ukraine stands for freedom of dialogue within society and consensus, while Russia suffocates its own society with ultimatums”. Necessary, he underlined, “a free dialogue”. “Peace, an immediate ceasefire and the withdrawal of all Russian troops. And and only after this can we talk about regional relations and political differences”, wrote Podolyak, who reiterated Kiev’s position according to which his negotiators would they will refuse to start discussing the shape of future relations with Russia until Moscow first accepts an immediate ceasefire.
Instead, Ihor Zhovkva, deputy head of the office of Ukrainian President Zelensky, spoke of progress, saying he believes Moscow’s position is more constructive now than it was previously. “Instead of giving us an ultimatum or red lines or asking Ukraine to surrender, they now seem to be starting constructive negotiations,” he told BBC Radio 4.