Russia announced today that it had launched its latest hypersonic missiles in Ukraine.
Turkey, which has attempted to position itself as a mediator, claims that Russia and Ukraine have made progress in their efforts to end the invasion and that the two warring parties are “near to an agreement.”
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has stated that he is willing to organize a meeting between Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and Russian President Vladimir Putin. Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelensky, has called for immediate negotiations with Russia, claiming that they are the “sole option for Russia to minimize the harm done by their own blunders” in a Facebook video.
Zelensky has pushed for face-to-face meetings with Putin.
Moscow argues that numerous rounds of talks have resulted in progress on one of its core goals, which is that Ukraine becomes a neutral state. Kyiv, which is seeking international security guarantees, denies that its stance has shifted. Russia says it has fired its newest hypersonic missiles in Ukraine for the second day in a row, damaging a gasoline storage station in the country’s south.
Russian soldiers are accused by Ukrainian officials of attacking an art school in the besieged city of Mariupol, where 400 people, including women and children, were taking refuge. They also accuse the military of deporting roughly 1,000 locals to Russia and robbing them of their Ukrainian citizenship. The mayor of Chernigiv, which is encircled, claims that “indiscriminate artillery shelling” has killed scores of residents and that a hospital has been hit.
According to Ukrainian sources, Russian forces have severely destroyed one of Europe’s largest iron and steel plants, Azovstal. Ukraine has urged China to join the West in condemning “Russian brutality,” after the US threatened Beijing with repercussions if it supported Moscow’s invasion of the country.
Witnesses told the AFP news agency that dozens of soldiers were killed in the strike on the barracks on Friday, as rescue attempts continued. An official toll has yet to be established. According to the UN refugee commissioner, ten million people – more than a quarter of the population – have fled their homes in Ukraine as a result of Russia’s “devastating” war. Over 3.3 million of them have managed to flee the nation.