According to a Putin adviser, Russia is ready for new negotiations while Ukraine is again reporting civilian casualties. Meanwhile, President Zelenskyy wants to work on contacts with neighboring countries. What happened on Monday night.
At least eight people were killed by Russian shelling on Sunday, according to Ukrainian sources. At least seven people were killed and eight injured in the eastern Ukrainian region of Donetsk. At least one person was killed in a rocket attack on Malyn northwest of Kyiv. During the night there were air raids and attacks in Kyiv, Kharkiv, Avdiivka and other Ukrainian cities and regions.
The Ukrainian military reported eleven repelled attacks by Russian troops in eastern Ukraine on Sunday. More than 200 Russian military vehicles and 3 planes were destroyed during the week. According to the Interior Ministry, a Russian pontoon bridge over the Siwerskyi Donets river in eastern Ukraine was demolished again.
According to a Putin adviser, Russia is ready to resume talks with Kyiv. However, he sees Ukraine under pressure, Vladimir Medinski said on Sunday evening on Belarusian state television. Medinsky also did not rule out a meeting between Putin and Zelenskyy. But this requires “serious preparation”, such as documents that the presidents can then sign.
There was initially no reaction to the statements from the Ukrainian side. Ukraine suspended negotiations to end the war on Tuesday.
The Russian war of aggression in Ukraine and other deadly conflicts have pushed the number of people displaced by violence worldwide to more than 100 million for the first time on record. This was announced by the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) in Geneva on Monday. “One hundred million is a blatant number – sobering and alarming at the same time. It’s a record that should never have been,” said the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi.
Federal Minister of Justice Marco Buschmann has expressed concern about the prisoners of war in Mariupol. “Russia’s massive violations of international law are completely unacceptable – but they also fill us with great concern with regard to the population of Ukraine and the soldiers who have now been taken prisoner,” said the FDP politician “Rheinische Post”.
According to Zelenskyj, Ukraine wants to introduce joint customs control with Poland – this is “the beginning of our integration into the common customs area of the European Union”. In Poland, Ukrainians were given “de facto and de jure the same opportunities” as Polish citizens. Similarly, Selenskyj wants to introduce a law in Ukraine.
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