Ukraine’s president has said the latest peace talks appear to have gone well, as he gave Russian soldiers a life-or-death ultimatum and urged them to surrender.
A fourth round of negotiations was held on Monday, but no details of any progress have been revealed. They will resume today.
russia said “substantial progress” had been made after the talks of the weekend.
Deadly attacks continue across Ukraine, however, and the White House has said President Putin must show signs of de-escalation if negotiations are to progress.
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President Zelenskyy, in his late-night speech, said that he wanted a “just peace.”
“Our delegation also worked on this in the negotiations with the Russian side. Quite well, I was told,” he said.
“But let’s see. They will continue tomorrow.”
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Ukraine’s president also issued a strong pick for Russian troops, saying they will eventually “take their lives” if they continue to attack his country.
“I know you want to survive. We listen to your conversations in the intercepts, we listen to what you really think about this senseless war…” Zelenskyy said.
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“On behalf of the Ukrainian people, I give them a chance. A chance to survive,” he said.
“If you surrender to our forces, we’ll treat you the way people are supposed to be treated. As people, decently. In a way you weren’t treated in your army. And in a way your army doesn’t treat ours.” Choose! “
And – in a possible reference to a TV employee holding anti-war sign live on air – said he was “grateful to those Russians who do not stop trying to convey the truth. To those who fight against misinformation and tell the truth…”
Moscow’s bombardment of Ukraine showed no signs of easing on Monday, with two people killed in an attack on the Antonov aircraft factory in kyiv.
artillery fire, then hit an apartment building in the Obolon district, in the north of the capital, killing two more, authorities said. And one person was killed in an airstrike near a checkpoint in the city, according to Ukraine’s emergency agency.
Mykolaiv and the northern city of Chernihiv, among other cities, were again under fire.
However, in the defeated southern city of Mariupol, the council said 160 civilian cars managed to get out via a humanitarian route after days of failed attempts.
There are apocalyptic scenes in the city after almost constant attacks have left without water and electricity and have killed an estimated 2,500 people.
Video has also emerged from Mariupol which the Ukrainian military says comes from inside one of its armored vehicles, apparently showing it repeatedly firing at a Russian tank in its crosshairs.
Despite the ongoing carnage, an unnamed US defense official said Monday that the Russian invasion appeared to have stalled, with little progress in recent days.
US and Chinese officials also met Monday as the diplomatic exchange continues.
US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan has warned China’s top diplomat not to help Russia with weapons or other aid.
US officials have said that China has indicated its willingness to help Moscow. However, China accused the US of “spreading misinformation” and Russia also denied the claims.
Japan became the latest country to tighten its sanctions on Russia, and its finance ministry said another 17 people were being targeted, bringing the total to 61.
EU finance ministers are also meeting this morning in Brussels to discuss the effect of their own measures to tighten the screw on Putin and those linked to him.
In the UK, the Economic Crimes Bill, designed to tackle the labyrinth of hidden “dirty” Russian money, successfully passed parliament on Monday night.
It comes after one of the oligarchs in the line of fire, Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich, was apparently out photographed at an Israeli airport.