Russia-Ukraine live news: Talks begin in Turkey, Erdogan attends

  • President Volodymyr Zelenskyy says Ukrainian forces have retaken Irpin, a key town outside the capital, Kyiv.
  • Negotiators from Kyiv and Moscow will meet for face-to-face talks in Turkey’s Istanbul.
  • Ukrainian foreign minister Dmytro Kuleba says Kyiv’s goal at the talks is a ceasefire agreement.
  • US President Joe Biden says he was expressing outrage, not a policy shift, when he said Russia’s Vladimir Putin “cannot remain in power“.
  • Russia’s Novaya Gazeta newspaper suspends activities amid Moscow’s intensifying crackdown on critical reporting of the war.

    Ukraine resumes evacuations after Russian ‘provocations’

    Ukraine says it is reopening humanitarian corridors and evacuating civilians from war-scarred regions after a one-day pause over what Kyiv called possible Russian “provocations”.

    Ukraine: Russia attacks in Donetsk, Luhansk repelled

    Ukraine’s army says it successfully repelled seven Russian attacks in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions, two regions partially controlled by pro-Moscow separatists.

    Ukrainian forces destroyed 10 jets, three helicopters, four drones, 12 Russian tanks, 10 armoured vehicles and shot down two cruise missiles, the army said. It added that an unspecified number of Russian soldiers were also killed in the attacks.

    Ukraine human rights commissioner: At least 144 children killed

    Ukraine’s human rights commissioner Denisova Lyudmila says at least 144 children have been killed since the start of Russia’s invasion and 220 left wounded by indiscriminate shelling.

    On Thursday, the UN’s children agency, UNICEF, said about half of Ukraine’s children – 4.3 million – have been uprooted by the conflict.

    More than 17,000 Russian ‘occupiers’ killed: Ukraine army

    Ukraine’s army says 17,200 Russian “occupiers” have been killed in the country since the invasion began.

    Russia has lost 597 tanks, 1,710 armoured vehicles, 127 jets, 129 helicopters and seven ships, the Ukrainian military said in a post shared on Facebook.

    Ukraine says 5,000 dead in besieged Mariupol

    A senior Ukrainian official says at least 5,000 people have been buried in the besieged southern city of Mariupol since the invasion began, but that bodies have gone uncollected amid continuing Russian shelling.

    Tetyana Lomakina, a presidential adviser now in charge of humanitarian corridors, says as many as 10,000 may have died – appearing to confirm the darkest scenarios of devastation in the city.

    Russia warns Poland to stay out of the Ukraine war

    Poland has become vital in the Western effort to defend Ukraine, and some of the fighting is getting close to its border.

    Last week, Russian forces targeted the western Ukrainian city of Lviv – near the Polish border, just as the US president was visiting Poland. The situation has forced NATO to decide on how to respond to such incidents within the borders of its member states.

    Russia no longer demanding Ukraine be ‘de-Nazified’: Report

    The Financial Times says Russia is no longer saying Ukraine needs to be “denazified” and is prepared to let Kyiv join the EU if it remains militarily non-aligned as part of ceasefire negotiations.

    Citing four people briefed on the talks, the FT said the draft ceasefire deal does not contain any discussion of three of Russia’s initial core demands – “denazification”, “demilitarisation” and legal protection for the Russian language in Ukraine.

    Asia complying with Russia export controls: US

    A senior US official says Washington has not seen any indications of non-compliance in Asia with export controls on Russia.

    “We certainly haven’t seen any indication that there’s non-compliance, in fact, we’ve seen the reverse,” said Matthew Borman, a deputy assistant secretary at the commerce department. “I think there’s also a fair amount of additional self-sanctioning, if you will, by multinational companies operating in Russia,” he added.

    France delivers fire and rescue trucks to Ukraine

    France has delivered 27 fire and rescue trucks, as well as 50 tonnes of medical and emergency equipment to Ukraine.

    French ambassador Etienne de Poncins posted pictures of the handover on Twitter, saying: “Efficiency and solidarity between France and Ukraine … Mission accomplished.”

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