Turkey has said it is ready to host a meeting between Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Ukraine president Volodymyr Zelensky has calls for urgent talks with Russia, saying in a Facebook video they are the “only chance for Russia to minimise the damage done with their own mistakes”. Zelensky has been pushing for direct talks with Putin. Moscow claims that several rounds of negotiations have made progress on one of its key demands — that Ukraine becomes a neutral state. Kyiv, which is demanding international security guarantees, denies its position has changed.
Russia says for a second day in a row it has fired its newest hypersonic missiles in Ukraine, destroying a fuel storage site in the country’s south.
Ukrainian authorities accuse Russian forces of bombing an art school in the besieged city of Mariupol where some 400 people, including women and children, had been sheltering. They also accuse the forces of deporting around 1,000 residents to Russia and stripping them of their Ukrainian passports.
In the encircled northern city of Chernigiv, the mayor says dozens of civilians have been killed by “indiscriminate artillery shelling”, and that a hospital has been hit. Ukrainian officials say one of Europe’s biggest iron and steel works, Azovstal, has been badly damaged by Russian forces. Ukraine has called on China to join the West in condemning “Russian barbarism”, after the US warned Beijing of consequences if it backed Moscow’s attack on the country. Dozens of soldiers are thought to have been killed after Friday’s strike on the barracks, witnesses told news agency AFP as rescue operations continued. An official toll has not yet been given.
Ten million people – more than a quarter of the population – have now fled their homes in Ukraine due to Russia’s “devastating” war, the United Nations refugees chief said Sunday. More than 3.3 million of them have escaped the country.