Ukraine war latest: Russia ‘sees no sign of breakthrough’ in peace talks

Broadcaster Trevor McDonald pays tribute to journalists in Ukraine

There are “no signs of a breakthrough” in the ongoing peace talks between Russia and Ukraine, a Kremlin spokesman has said. Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Wednesday that Moscow welcomed kyiv’s decision to put its demands in writing, but warned there was a “long period of work ahead”.

It came after Ukrainian negotiators at talks in Istanbul, Turkey, said on Tuesday they were proposing to adopt a neutral status for security guarantees, meaning Ukraine would not join any alliances. military or would not host military bases.

Ukrainian presidential adviser Mykhailo Podolyak added that the guarantee – similar to NATO’s Article 5 which commits members of the alliance to defend each other – would imply that countries such as the United States, the UK, Turkey, France and Germany are “legally actively involved in protection”. [Ukraine] from any aggression.

Meanwhile, the latest UN data reveals that 4,019,000 Ukrainians have sought refuge abroad since Russian President Vladimir Putin launched his invasion on February 24. This means that at least a quarter of the population had to abandon their homes.

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Satellite imagery reveals destruction of Ukrainian city of Mariupol

New satellite images have revealed the extent of damage to the Ukrainian city of Mariupol amid Russia’s invasion of the country.

The imagery, captured Tuesday by Maxar Technologies, a geospatial intelligence firm based in the US state of Colorado, includes a before-and-after comparison showing damaged and destroyed buildings, with debris and wreckage strewn across the roads.

Another image shows the roof of the Mariupol Theater having collapsed following a March 16 attack, in which authorities said around 300 people were killed, Pennsylvania written in this report,

sam hancockMarch 30, 2022 3:08 p.m.

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Pictured: The assault on kyiv continues despite Russian assurances

Julia, 34, cries next to her daughter Veronika, 6, while speaking to a group of journalists in Brovary, on the outskirts of kyiv, amid ongoing explosions

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Journalists enter a destroyed warehouse to store food, after an attack by Russia twelve days ago in Brovary, on the outskirts of the capital

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A Ukrainian soldier walks on the front line near kyiv

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Rescuers begin clearing debris and other damage after the Russian shelling of a food warehouse in Brovary, Kyiv, on Tuesday

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sam hancockMarch 30, 2022 2:56 p.m.

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PM faces calls to cut Interior Ministry ‘bureaucracy’ for Ukrainian refugees

Boris Johnson is facing calls to ‘cut red tape at the Home Office’ to help more Ukrainians enter the UK at a faster rate.

At Prime Minister’s Questions (LFPM) today, Tory MP Roger Gale said the government’s latest figures showed that ‘out of 28,300 applications submitted under the Displaced Persons Sponsorship Scheme in [Vladimir] Putin’s war, only 2,700 were treated”.

Sir Roger, who is a longtime critic of Mr Johnson, told the House: “Could he please tell the House how many of these people have arrived in the UK to date and will he support Lord Harrington in cutting red tape at the Home Office, simplifying the application process and getting people into the country? ”

The Prime Minister responded by saying that his government was processing 1,000 visas a day and that “25,000 visas have already been issued as I have just told the House”.

He continued: “Nearly 200,000 family homes have opened their arms to Ukrainians in fear for their lives, and there is no limit to this program.

“I think we can be incredibly proud of what the UK is doing.”

sam hancockMarch 30, 2022 2:23 p.m.

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US sees Russia reshaping nuclear landscape

The Kremlin violated its international obligations by raising nuclear tensions amid the war in Ukraine, a senior US arms control official says, prompting some countries to reassess their reliance on Russia for fuel and technology atomic.

Bonnie Jenkins, undersecretary for arms control and international security at the State Department, said the United States stands ready to help its allies in Eastern Europe escape their dependence on of Moscow, reports Jonathan Tirone.

“We have obligations under the Non-Proliferation Treaty and threatening non-nuclear-weapon states is not something a nuclear-weapon state should do,” she said in a statement. interview at the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna. “This slash is definitely not good. No threats were made against Russia.

sam hancockMarch 30, 2022 2:16 p.m.

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Russia hits Red Cross building in Mariupol – Ukrainian Ombudsman

Russian forces hit a Red Cross facility in the beleaguered port city of Mariupol, Ukraine ombudsman says Lyudmyla Denisova.

In a statement, she said: “In Mariupol, the occupiers were targeting the construction of the International Committee of the Red Cross.

“Enemy aircraft and artillery fired at a building marked with a red cross on a white background, indicating the presence of wounded, civilian or humanitarian cargo.”

Ms Denisova did not say when the strikes took place and said there was no confirmation as yet of the casualties. His statement continued:

“This is another war crime by the Russian military under the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court and a flagrant violation of the 1949 Geneva Conventions.

“Until now, the only ones to bomb the buildings and vehicles marked with red crosses were the troops of Hitler’s Germany.

“I call on the world community to condemn the barbaric actions of the occupying country in bombarding the ICRC building and to take steps to end the bloody war on the territory of Ukraine as soon as possible.”

sam hancockMarch 30, 2022 1:55 p.m.

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Watch: Johnson doesn’t say how many Ukrainians are sponsored in the UK

Boris Johnson does not say how many sponsored Ukrainians have arrived in the UK

sam hancockMarch 30, 2022 1:41 p.m.

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Chernihiv denounces Russia for not maintaining demilitarization

The governor of Chernihiv said Russia was continuing to attack the northern Ukrainian city, despite Moscow’s promise to drastically reduce military activity in the region.

Speaking to the BBC, Viacheslav Chaus said: “Right now, as we speak, I hear what I think are mortar shells.”

This happened after Chernihiv and the city of Nizhyn were attacked overnight and civilian buildings, libraries and shopping malls were destroyed.

“We don’t believe [the Russians] because we have already seen that there is not a single time when their military forces keep their word”, he said.

His words came as the city’s mayor, Vladyslav Atroshenko, said Russian attacks on Chernihiv had actually increased since Russia’s request to scale back operations.

With each rocket, Vladimir Putin would put “another nail” in his coffin, Mr Chaus told the broadcaster.

sam hancockMarch 30, 2022 1:20 p.m.

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On the front line in Kharkiv, a city destroyed by Putin’s war

Here is our Defense and Security Editor, Kim Sengupta, reporting from the frontline in Ukraine:

An attempted Russian assault had been repelled, the barrage of missile strikes and artillery fire had died down: Captain Aleksandr Osadchy had a fleeting sense of optimism – then came the phone call he had dreaded to receive from his brother.

Their 85-year-old mother, Maria, had been killed in the bombing of the village of Kamianka, in the house where the family had lived for generations, a house she had refused to leave for a safer area even as the fighting escalated.

“She was a very determined woman and she wouldn’t change her mind,” says captain Osadchy. “Like so many people of this generation, she had a difficult life, it’s such a shame that it ended so sadly, so needlessly.”

sam hancockMarch 30, 2022 1:03 p.m.

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Russia ‘sees no sign of breakthrough’ in talks with Ukraine: Kremlin

Let’s take stock of the peace talks in Istanbul.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, speaking to reporters today, said Russia hadn’t noticed anything really promising or resembling a breakthrough in peace talks with Ukraine, according to Reuters .

Moscow welcomed the fact that kyiv had put its demands in writing, he said, but he said there was a long streak of work ahead.

Ukrainian negotiators said yesterday they were proposing to adopt a neutral status for security guarantees at talks with Russia in Istanbul, meaning Ukraine would not join military alliances or host military bases.

Ukrainian presidential adviser Mykhailo Podolyak said the guarantee, similar to NATO’s Article 5 which commits alliance members to defend each other, would mean countries such as the United States , the UK, Turkey, France and Germany are “legally actively involved in protection”. [Ukraine] from any aggression.

The proposals would also include a 15-year consultation period on the status of annexed Crimea and could only come into effect if there is a full ceasefire, negotiators told reporters after talks in Turkey .

Russian and Ukrainian delegations meet at the presidential office in Dolmabahçe for the peace talks in Istanbul, Turkey, on March 29

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sam hancockMarch 30, 2022 12:43 p.m.

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Watch: Russia pledges to reduce ‘military activity’ around kyiv at Istanbul peace talks

Russia pledges to reduce ‘military activity’ around Kyiv at Istanbul peace talks

sam hancockMarch 30, 2022 12:26 p.m.

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