Ukraine, Russia talk of compromise, but killings continue – Newspaper

KYIV: A woman and her child leave a building on Wednesday after it was badly damaged by shelling.—Reuters

KYIV: New talks about a new compromise between Moscow and Kyiv over Ukraine’s non-NATO status raised hopes for a potential breakthrough after the three-week war on Wednesday, but hostilities, including killings of civilians, continued on the ground.

Other notable events of the day included the United Nations Supreme Court’s request for Russia to stop the invasion, the Biden administration’s announcement of an unprecedented package of military assistance to Ukraine, and Russia’s response to convoys fleeing the besieged Ukrainian city of Mariupol. The attack took the lives of civilians.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said negotiations were becoming “more realistic”, while Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said the proposal currently under discussion was “close to an agreement”.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Russia was ready to discuss neutral status with its neighbors. But he also said that Russia will achieve its goals in Ukraine and will not succumb to Western attempts to achieve world domination and divide Russia.

In a televised speech, he said the military operation “will make a plan”.

On the 21st day of the clash on the ground, more bloodshed came as Russian forces besieged and bombed the city.

The US says Russian troops have killed 10 people waiting in line to buy bread in the city of Chernikh. It did not cite evidence of the attack, and Russia did not comment on these allegations in a statement from the US embassy.

Ukraine also said that Russian rocket attacks on convoys escaping from the besieged port city of Mariupol claimed the lives of civilians, including children, after initial attacks aimed at a nearby hub for displaced people.

The Ukrainian military said, “Around 3:30 pm (GMT) today, civilians evacuating from Mariupol to Zaporichia opened fire by inhumane Russian occupation forces,” the Ukrainian military said. During the three weeks of the civil war, Russian forces suffered heavy losses at the gates of Kyiv, and the war came to a standstill without capture of Ukraine’s largest city. Western officials said they expect Moscow to win in a few days.

Posted at Serb on March 17, 2022

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