More than 5,500 people evacuated from front-line cities via nine humanitarian corridors says Ukraine’s deputy PM.
- Ukraine says more than 5,500 people were evacuated from front-line cities on Sunday.
- Ukraine and Russia will hold a new round of talks by video-conference on Monday, officials have said.
- The ICRC warns residents of Mariupol face a “worst-case scenario” unless Russia and Ukraine reach an agreement to ensure humanitarian access.
- A US journalist has been killed near Ukraine’s capital, Kyiv.
Here are the latest updates:
Zelenskyy urges software giants to stop supporting their products in Russia
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has called on US software firms Microsoft and Oracle and German business software group SAP to halt support services for their products in Russia.
“Stop supporting your products in Russia, stop the war !,” he wrote on Twitter.
‘Never heard of that’: China responds to reports Russia sought military help
The spokesperson for China’s embassy in Washington has responded to media reports that Moscow had asked Beijing for military equipment since launching its invasion of Ukraine by saying, “I’ve never heard of that.”
The spokesperson, Liu Pengyu, said China’s priority was to prevent the tense situation in Ukraine from getting out of control.
“The current situation in Ukraine is indeed disconcerting,” he said in an emailed response to an inquiry from the Reuters news agency.
“The high priority now is to prevent the tense situation from escalating or even getting out of control.”
Ukraine, Russia to resume talks
Ukraine and Russia will hold a new round of talks on Monday, officials have said.
Talks would resume by video-conference, Mykhailo Podoliak, an adviser to Zelenskyy and part of the negotiating team, has said.
His statement on Twitter confirmed an earlier statement by Dmitry Peskov, the spokesman for the Russian presidency.
Ukraine says thousands evacuated from front-line cities
Ukraine was able to evacuate more than 5,550 people from front-line cities on Sunday via nine humanitarian corridors, Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk has said.
She said 3,950 people were evacuated from towns and cities in the Kyiv region.
Fatigued staff ‘stop safety-related repairs’ at Chernobyl
Staff operating radioactive waste facilities at the Chernobyl nuclear plant have stopped carrying out safety-related repairs due to exhaustion, as they have not been relieved since Russia seized the site last month, Ukraine has told the UN nuclear watchdog.
“The Ukrainian regulator informed the IAEA that staff at [Chernobyl] were no longer carrying out repair and maintenance of safety-related equipment, in part due to their physical and psychological fatigue after working non-stop for nearly three weeks, ”the International Atomic Energy Agency said in a statement.
ICRC issues stark Mariupol warning
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has warned that residents of the besieged port city of Mariupol face a “worst-case scenario”, unless Russia and Ukraine reach an agreement to ensure their immediate safety and access to humanitarian aid.
Ukrainian authorities say the city has been subject to relentless bombardment since Russian troops surrounded it on March 2. Read the full story here.
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