Russia-Ukraine war highlights: Plans to 'radically' reduce military activity near Kyiv, Chernihiv, says Russia

Updated on Mar 30, 2022 02:06 AM IST

Russia-Ukraine war highlights: The war between Vladimir Putin-led Russia and Volodymyr Zelenskyy-led Ukraine have entered its fifth week with no sign of an end to the conflict. 

A service member of pro-Russian troops walks near an apartment building destroyed in the course of Ukraine-Russia conflict in the besieged southern port city of Mariupol, Ukraine.
A service member of pro-Russian troops walks near an apartment building destroyed in the course of Ukraine-Russia conflict in the besieged southern port city of Mariupol, Ukraine.(REUTERS)

Russia Ukraine war: Vladimir Putin-led Russia's invasion that began on February 24 has taken an extremely destruction turn. The Russian military forces are bombing Ukraine on a daily basis, with the besieged city of Mariupol being the worst-hit in the war. 

Ukrainian defence ministry spokesperson Oleksander Motuzyanyk on Monday said that the war-torn country sees “no signs on the ground that Russia has given up a plan to surround the capital Kyiv, and that the disposition of Russian forces during the past 24 hours has seen no significant change." 

As the conflict between the two countries entered its fifth week, Russia and Ukraine are holding a fresh round of peace talks in Turkey on Tuesday. While the process was expected to begin on Monday, Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov said that was unlikely as the negotiators of both sides would only be arriving in Turkey during the day. He added that a possibility of a face-to-face meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelenskyy would only be after key issues of a potential peace deal were settled.

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  • Mar 30, 2022 02:06 AM IST

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  • Mar 29, 2022 05:45 PM IST

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    Kyiv seeks cease-fire in fresh talks with Russia

    Negotiators from Kyiv and Moscow are holding fresh talks in Turkey on Tuesday, in a bid to clinch a cease-fire and at least temporarily halt the 34-day war in Ukraine.

    Heading into the talks, both sides differed vastly on disputed positions including the state of territories occupied by Russian troops and security guarantees.

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told the delegations in Istanbul that concrete results were expected. “An immediate cease-fire and peace is in everyone’s interest,” he said.

  • Mar 29, 2022 04:12 PM IST

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  • Mar 29, 2022 03:35 PM IST

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    Ukrainian forces are continuing counter attacks to the northwest of Kyiv, and Russia has kept up heavy shelling of Mariupol, British military intelligence said.

  • Mar 29, 2022 03:16 PM IST

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    Kremlin says Abramovich is not an official member of Russian delegation at talks with Ukraine but he is present.

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    Russian negotiator Vladimir Medinsky told Russian state television on Tuesday that he hoped there would be a statement in several hours following talks between Russia and Ukraine in Istanbul.

  • Mar 29, 2022 02:59 PM IST

    At least 2 dead after Russian shelling in Mykolaiv govt building

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    Ukrainian presidential adviser says main issue for Ukraine at talks is security guarantees, second is humanitarian issues.

  • Mar 29, 2022 02:23 PM IST

    'We don't trade sovereignty': Ukraine's foreign minister

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has demanded the "demilitarisation" and "denazification" of Ukraine, that it become a neutral country and that Kyiv recognize the breakaway Donbas region and Russian-annexed Crimea peninsula as no longer part of Ukraine.

    Ukraine's Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba says the talks will focus on easing the humanitarian situation. He says there is little room for agreement on Putin's territorial demands, saying "We do not trade people, land and sovereignty."

  • Mar 29, 2022 02:09 PM IST

    Russia's war killed 144 children so far: Ukraine PGO

    Ukraine Prosecutor General's Office has informed that Russia's war on Ukraine has killed at least 144 children, wounded more than 220 so far, reported Ukrainian media ‘The Kyiv Independent’.

  • Mar 29, 2022 01:39 PM IST

    Russian strike hit regional administrative building in Mykolaiv amid peace talks

    As Russia, Ukraine begin talks in Istanbul, governor says Russian strike has hit regional administrative building in Mykolaiv, reported AFP. 

  • Mar 29, 2022 01:38 PM IST

    Ukraine eliminates 5 Russian bot farms since Feb 24: Ukrainian media

    Ukrainian authorities have eliminated five Russian bot farms since start of invasion, reported Ukrainian media ‘The Kyiv Independent’.

  • Mar 29, 2022 01:12 PM IST

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  • Mar 29, 2022 01:01 PM IST

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    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan urged Russian and Ukrainian delegations to "put an end to this tragedy" as he hosted talks in Istanbul on Tuesday.

  • Mar 29, 2022 12:57 PM IST

    Restarting evacuations after pause over Russian provocations: Ukraine

    Ukraine says restarting evacuations after pause over Russian 'provocations', reports AFP.

  • Mar 29, 2022 12:51 PM IST

    Russian forces maintaining blocking positions: UK military intelligence

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  • Mar 29, 2022 12:42 PM IST

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  • Mar 29, 2022 12:36 PM IST

    Russia, Ukraine both have 'legitimate concerns': Turkish President Erdogan

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told Russian and Ukrainian delegations due to resume face-to-face talks on Tuesday that "both parties have legitimate concerns."

  • Mar 29, 2022 12:14 PM IST

    Asian shares higher ahead of Russia-Ukraine peace talks

    Ahead of another round of peace talks between Russia and Ukraine, Asian shares were higher on Tuesday after an advance on Wall Street.

  • Mar 29, 2022 11:53 AM IST

    Russia still poses significant threat to Kyiv: UK military intelligence

    UK military intelligence on Tuesday said that Russia poses significant threat to Kyiv through their strike capability even though Ukrainian forces continue localised counter attacks to the north west of the city. 

  • Mar 29, 2022 11:12 AM IST

    Ukraine strives for ceasefire agreement 

    Ukraine is striving for a ceasefire agreement in talks with Russian negotiators starting Tuesday in Turkey and has set a “minimum” goal of an improvement in the humanitarian situation. 

  • Mar 29, 2022 10:39 AM IST

    Another round of talks scheduled for Tuesday: AP

    Another round of talks aimed at stopping the war in Ukraine is scheduled for Tuesday as the fighting looks increasingly like a stalemate on the ground, reports AP. 

  • Mar 29, 2022 10:07 AM IST

    World's longest passenger flight to avoid Russian skies

    Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd. plans to reroute its New York-Hong Kong service to avoid Russian airspace, in what would be the world’s longest commercial passenger flight by distance. 

  • Mar 29, 2022 09:54 AM IST

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  • Mar 29, 2022 09:31 AM IST

    At least 5,000 people buried in Mariupol: Ukrainian official

    A senior Ukrainian official said that 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 for the past 10 days amid continuing Russian shelling.

  • Mar 29, 2022 09:09 AM IST

    UN chief wants humanitarian ceasefire in Ukraine

    The United Nations chief has launched an initiative to immediately explore possible arrangements for “a humanitarian cease-fire in Ukraine” in order to allow the delivery of desperately needed aid and pave the way for serious political negotiations to end the month-long war.

  • Mar 29, 2022 09:06 AM IST

    Ukraine says Kyiv suburb of Irpin retaken

    Ukrainian forces have claimed to have retaken a Kyiv suburb and an eastern town from the Russians. Ukraine said that Kyiv suburb of Irpin 'liberated', reports AFP. 

  • Mar 29, 2022 07:36 AM IST

    Biden clarifies ‘Putin cannot remain in power’ remark

    US President Joe Biden clarified his ‘Putin cannot remain in power’ remark. According to him, he “wasn’t announcing a US policy change, but was expressing his own anger about the invasion of Ukraine.”

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