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at least 5,000 dead in Mariupol, according to Kyiv; the UN wants to set up a “humanitarian ceasefire” between Russia and Ukraine

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  • Russian and Ukrainian delegations will meet at the beginning of the week in Turkey for a new round of talksannounced on Sunday one of the Ukrainian negotiators, David Arakhamia, and the chief Russian negotiator, Vladimir Medinski, without the precise date being known.
  • The question of the “neutrality” of Ukraine, one of the central points of discussions with Russia to end the conflict, is “studied in depth”assured Volodymyr Zelensky, in an interview with Russian media on Sunday. The Ukrainian president also recalled later that his government would give priority to the “sovereignty” et al’“territorial integrity” of Ukraine during the planned discussions in Turkey.
  • The head of Ukrainian military intelligence, Kyrylo Budanov, accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of wanting to split Ukraine in two by taking control of the east of the country. “It is in fact an attempt to create a North and South Korea in Ukraine”he said in reference to the division of Korea after World War II.
  • On the front, after more than four weeks of offensive, the russian army failed to take control of major ukrainian cities. On Friday, Moscow hinted that its goals were being revised to focus on controlling the Donbass region, where pro-Russian separatists have been fighting Ukrainian forces since 2014.
  • AT Mariupolcity besieged and bombarded for weeks, “People are struggling to survive. The humanitarian situation is catastrophic”affirmed in the night of Sunday to Monday the Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. “The Russian armed forces are turning the city into dust”, added Mr. Zelensky. Emmanuel Macron said on Sunday that he would speak to the Russian president on Monday or Tuesday to organize an evacuation operation from the city.
  • Since the invasion of Ukraine by the Russian army on February 24, more than 3.8 million people fled the country, according to the United Nations (UN) tally released on Sunday. That’s 48,450 more than the previous tally on Saturday. In total, more than ten million people, around a quarter of the population, have had to leave their homes either by crossing the border to find refuge in neighboring countries or by finding refuge elsewhere in Ukraine.

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