Fourth round of talks will be held between Ukraine and Russia today
Kyiv: Ukraine and Russia will hold the fourth round of peace talks virtually on Monday. The information was shared by Mykhailo Podolyak, adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, who is also a member of the negotiating team.
He said in a post on Twitter that "Once more. In the framework of video conferences, negotiations are ongoing at all times. Working groups are always in operation. A significant number of challenges necessitate continuous attention. A negotiation session will be convened on Monday, March 14, to summarise the preliminary results..."
Previously, Podolyak and Russian negotiator Leonid Slutsky both acknowledged that progress was being made and that results could be seen in the coming days.
President Zelenskyy spoke with French President Emmanuel Macron just before the peace talks and proposed placing additional sanctions on the Russians. In addition, Zelenskyy has encouraged NATO to implement a no-fly zone over Ukraine.
Meanwhile, Russian soldiers have destroyed seven hospitals and damaged an additional 104, according to Ukrainian media.
According to Ukrainian media, 35 people were killed and 134 others were injured in a Russian attack near the Ukraine-Poland border.
Since the beginning of the all-out war on February 24, Moscow's troops have also murdered six medical personnel and severely injured another 12, according to The Kyiv Independent, citing Health Minister Viktor Lyashko.
Even though Moscow and Kyiv will hold the fourth round of peace talks on Monday, Russian forces continued to bombard areas northwest of Kyiv and points east of the capital overnight.
The British government claimed that Russian authorities had imposed a naval blockade on the Black Sea.
The Australian government has stepped up its anti-Russian actions, sanctioning 33 Russian businessmen, including Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich.
According to a Wall Street Journal report, as the list of brands leaving Russia grows amid the Ukraine conflict, Moscow has now stated that multinational firms considering leaving the country may face arrests and asset seizures.
In India, Indian External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar will make a statement on Ukraine in both houses tomorrow. It is expected that Dr Jaishankar will brief the house about its evacuation drive and the ongoing conflict.
According to the Mariupol municipal council, over 2,180 people have been murdered as a result of Russian forces' near-constant shelling.
The International Committee of the Red Cross said that Mariupol residents' suffering is "simply enormous," with residents facing extreme shortages of essentials like food, water, and medicine.