April 24, 2024

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Day 15: Little Progress In Talks Between Russia And Ukraine

A meeting in Turkey between Russia’s foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, and his Ukrainian counterpart, Dmytro Kuleba, ended with little progress appearing to have been made. In a news conference afterwards, Kuleba said that no progress was made on a ceasefire and that Lavrov did not commit to a humanitarian corridor in the south-eastern city of Mariupol, where Kuleba said the situation was most difficult. Lavrov also said that Russia would try never again to be dependent on the west.

A humanitarian convoy trying to reach Mariupol on Thursday was forced to turn around owing to fighting, An airstrike on a hospital in Mariupol on Wednesday killed three people, including a child, the city council said. The attack wounded 17 people in the besieged port city, including pregnant women, doctors and children.

Ukraine opened seven humanitarian corridors, including the one from Mariupol, according to the country’s deputy prime minister. The governor of Sumy said three columns of evacuees were leaving after a ceasefire was agreed.

More than 2.3 million people have fled Ukraine since the start of the Russian invasion two weeks ago, the UN said on Thursday. The UN migration agency said that of those who had been forced to take refuge in neighbouring countries, 112,000 people are third-country nationals.

Meanwhile, The UK has frozen the assets of seven Russian businessmen including Roman Abramovich, Igor Sechin, Oleg Deripaska and Dmitri Lebedev after they were added to the country’s sanctions list. Abramovich is the owner of Chelsea Football Club, Deripaska has stakes in En+ Group, Sechin is the chief executive of Rosneft and Lebedev is chair of the board of directors of Bank Rossiya.