Russia-Ukraine live news: Talks to resume as offensive escalates

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Russia-Ukraine live news: Talks to resume as offensive escalates



Rescuers help a woman evacuate a residential building that was struck in Kyiv [Reuters]

Russia-Ukraine live news: Talks to resume as offensive escalates

Renewed diplomatic talks with Russia might open the way for more civilians to evacuate, a day after the war intensified in western Ukraine.

  • A day after Moscow escalated its offensive by shelling areas perilously close to the Polish border, besieged Ukrainians hope renewed diplomatic talks with Russia might open the way for more civilians to evacuate.
  • The ICRC warns residents of Mariupol face a “worst-case scenario” unless Russia and Ukraine reach an agreement to ensure humanitarian access.
  • Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy warns the Russian attacks could expand to neighbouring countries and urges NATO to impose a no-fly zone.
  • At least one person killed and three others injured when a shell hit a residential building in Kyiv. 

Here are the latest updates:

28 mins ago (09:32 GMT)

90 children ‘killed’ since Russia invaded Ukraine

The office of Ukraine’s general prosecutor says 90 children have been killed and more than 100 others wounded since Russia invaded the country.

“The highest number of victims are in the Kyiv, Kharkiv, Donetsk, Chernihiv, Sumy, Kherson, Mykolayiv and Zhytomyr regions,” it said in a statement.

Russia denies targeting civilians in what it calls a “special operation” to demilitarise Ukraine.

INTERACTIVE_RefugeesDAY18 - March13_ 2.6 million

50 mins ago (09:10 GMT)

Ukraine presidential adviser: Over 2,500 Mariupol residents killed

More than 2,500 residents of the Black Sea port city of Mariupol have been killed since Russian invaded Ukraine on February 24, presidential adviser Oleksiy Arestovych said in a televised interview.

He said he was citing figures from the Mariupol city administration, and accused Russian forces of preventing humanitarian aid reaching the encircled city. Russia says it does not target civilians.

1 hour ago (08:56 GMT)

Instagram no longer accessible in Russia

Instagram was inaccessible in Russia after Moscow accused its parent company Meta of allowing calls for violence against Russians, including the military, on its platforms.

The move comes after Facebook and Twitter were blocked in early March as part of sweeping efforts by Moscow to control information available to Russians about its invasion of Ukraine.

Instagram appeared Monday on a list of “restricted” online resources on a list published by Russia’s media regulator Roskomnadzor.

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Instagram’s app was not refreshing in Russia without a VPN [Thomas White/Reuters]

1 hour ago (08:39 GMT)

Kyiv building residents in tears

Al Jazeera’s Imran Khan, reporting from in front of the struck residential building in Kyiv, said emergency services were still going through the rubble.

“You can still smell the burning,” he said, noting that the strike had destroyed both the front and back sides of the nine-storey structure.

“Throughout the day, we have seen people come back here in tears, just looking at the building, their homes that have been completely destroyed,” added Khan.

“It’s a residential area. There’s a football pitch [very close to the building], there’s no military target anywhere here.”

Kyiv building hit by shell
At least three people were wounded in the shelling, according to officials [AFP]

2 hours ago (08:26 GMT)

UK donates power generators to Ukraine

UK’s Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng says Britain will donate more than 500 mobile generators to help Ukraine and weaken Russia’s attempts to cripple its power supply.

The generators will be enough to power 20,000 buildings, the business secretary said.

“Sending portable electricity generators to Ukraine will help keep essential services running, weaken (Russian President Vladimir) Putin’s attempts to cripple Ukraine’s power supply, and help support the extraordinarily brave Ukrainian response to the Kremlin’s war waging,” Kwarteng said in a statement.

2 hours ago (08:05 GMT)

Ukraine deputy PM: Ten humanitarian corridors agreed

Ukraine says it will try to evacuate trapped civilians through 10 “humanitarian corridors” on Monday, including from towns near the capital Kyiv and in the eastern region of Luhansk.

“We will, once again, try to unblock the movement of the humanitarian convoy carrying food and medicine to [the port city of Mariupol] from Berdiansk (in southeastern Ukraine),” Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereschuk said in a video address.

2 hours ago (07:47 GMT)

Ukrainian children flown to UK for cancer treatment

UK says it is providing cancer treatment to 21 seriously ill Ukrainian children as Britons were urged to open their homes to people fleeing the war.

The children and their immediate family members arrived from Poland on Sunday evening and will be assessed before being sent to hospitals to continue their care.

Announcing their arrival, Health Secretary Sajid Javid said: “I am proud that the UK is offering lifesaving medical care to these
Ukrainian children, who have been forced out of their home country by the Russian invasion while undergoing medical treatment.”

3 hours ago (07:21 GMT)

Russia: No reason for UN peacekeepers to be sent to Ukraine

Russia sees no reason for United Nations peacekeepers to be sent to Ukraine, RIA news agency quoted the Russian foreign ministry as saying.

Pyotr Ilyichev, director of the minitry’s international organisations department, said there was no need for peacekeepers as Russia was in control, RIA reported.

A new round of talks between Russia and Ukraine will be held on Monday via video link and will start at 10:30am Kyiv time (0830 GMT).