Two dead in Kyiv housing block strike

  • Talks between Russian and Ukrainian officials are expected to resume on Tuesday.
  • More than 4,000 people were evacuated from front-line Ukrainian cities on Monday, the country’s Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk says.
  • Vereshchuk accuses Russian forces of firing on civilians in the Kyiv region.
  • Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has sought to extend martial law in the country for an additional 30 days from March 24.
  • The United States warns China against coming to Russia’s aid in Ukraine.
  • A Fox News correspondent has been injured near Kyiv and hospitalised, the network said.

    Ukraine aims to deliver aid to Mariupol and open more humanitarian corridors

    Ukraine plans to open nine “humanitarian corridors” to evacuate civilians from areas besieged by Russian forces and will try to deliver humanitarian supplies to encircled Mariupol,  Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk has said.

    France’s Attal says: French companies must implement sanctions against Russia

    French government spokesman Gabriel Attal has said it is paramount that French companies apply sanctions against Russia decided by the EU.

    “What matters is that French companies implement sanctions,” Attal told France 2 television, when asked about oil giant TotalEnergies.

    TotalEnergies has condemned Russia’s aggression against Ukraine and has decided to suspend new investments in the country but has not followed the example of British peers BP and Shell that are withdrawing from Russia.

    Russia says there will be no domestic food shortages

    Russia has said there is no risk of a food shortage on the domestic market and cautioned consumers against rushing out to stock up on staples after the West slapped sanctions on Russia.

    “There are no conditions for risks of a shortage or for a reduction in product range,” Deputy Prime Minister Viktoria Abramchenko said in a statement.

    “It is not worth driving up artificial demand with purchases for the future,” Abramchenko said. “We will reorient the market and establish mutually profitable trade, expand our partnership network with friendly countries.”

    China denies US claim that Russia asked for help in Ukraine

    China has denied claims by US officials that Russia had sought military assistance in Ukraine and accused Washington of spreading “malicious disinformation” that risked escalating the conflict.

    “The U.S. has repeatedly spread malicious disinformation against China on the Ukraine issue,” the Chinese embassy in London told Reuters in a statement.

    “China has been playing a constructive role in promoting peace talks,” it added.

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