Ukraine says “small positive changes” were made in direct talks with Russia on the 12th day of Putin’s devastating attack and invasion
top officialsThe Ukrainian government held a third round of talks with a Russian delegation on Monday, and an aide to Ukraine’s president said “small positive changes” had been made in efforts to create safe passages for civilians to flee cities. By the 12th day of the invasion, Russian ground forces appeared to have stalled north of the capital, Kyiv, and were making limited advances around other major cities. This slow advance has led Moscow to rely on artillery fire to force Ukrainians into submission.
But while the airstrikes are increasingly taking both lives and Ukraine’s infrastructure, they are also fueling international outrage at Russian President Vladimir Putin’s actions. With the notable exception of China, no major economy has backed Putin’s military move. The latest round of negotiations took place as the US and its allies debated the possibility of a blanket ban on Russian oil and gas products.
However, the Kremlin continues to publicly insist that the “operation” in Ukraine – which Russian media must not describe as war or invasion – continue until the country is “demilitarized” and its government is overthrown.
The United Nations says Russia’s invasion has killed hundreds of civilians and displaced more than 1.7 millionin neighboring nations already and in many Ukrainian cities the attack continues.