Things to remember from Friday, March 18th

Three weeks after the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Moscow says it has seen a “coming together” in negotiations with kyiv over the status of neutrality for Ukraine and the progress of militarization. Country.

“Ukraine’s neutrality and non-membership in NATO is one of the key points of the talks, which brought the parties as close as possible to their positions.”, Quoted Russian agents kyiv, Vladimir Medinsky, said the head of the Russian delegation to the speech. However, he noted “Tricks” About “Security Guarantees” Ukraine demanded.

On the topic of militarization, there are groups of delegates “Half way” An agreement on the issue, he promised. One of the members of the Ukrainian delegation, Mikhail Podoliak, an adviser to the president, meanwhile, said on Twitter. “Only their demands for the release of the Russian side statements”.

Blast near Liv Airport

Russian “missiles” destroyed an aircraft factory in the Lviv airport district of a large Ukrainian city near the Polish border on Friday, the city’s mayor Andriy Sadovy promised.

In Mariupol, “hundreds” of people are still under the rubble

The bombing of a theater by Russian forces on Wednesday, according to kyiv, left at least one person seriously injured but no casualties at this point, according to the city council of the besieged port city of Mariupol in southeastern Ukraine. However, this assessment is very tentative, as previously noted by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zhelensky. “Hundreds” People still under the rubble. More than 130 were rescued.

According to the Russian Ministry of Defense, the Russian military and its separatist allies are now fighting in the city of Mariupol.

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In three weeks, 6.5 million “internally displaced”

Between February 24 and the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine on Wednesday, the UN released 6.48 million internally displaced people in Ukraine. A document (Link in English) The International Organization for Migration (IOM)’s assessment was released on Friday.

According to United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (Link in English), 3.2 million Ukrainians have fled their country since the beginning of the conflict.

The refugees were increasingly shocked

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said on Friday that Ukrainians who had left their country in recent days were “more shocked than those who were able to leave during the first phase of the war.” The UNHCR says those who decide to leave early are often lost in contacts abroad, with a plan in mind and a place to go, while those leaving the country do not know what to do.

New exchange between Macron and Putin

Emmanuel Macron spoke on the phone again Friday with his Russian envoy, Vladimir Putin, three weeks after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

“The situation in Ukraine has worsened and Ukraine has returned to continuing strikes affecting civilians and disrespecting humanitarian law, while negotiations between the Russian and Ukrainian representatives have not yet progressed,” he said. Elise said. Emmanuel Macron “He shared with President Putin his deep concern for Mariupol and reiterated his call for an immediate ceasefire.” The president continued in office.

Meeting between Washington and Beijing

Joe Biden warned against Xi Jinping on Friday “Effects” Help for Russia For China, the Chinese president has developed ambiguity and restrained himself from believing that there are no military conflicts. “Not in anyone’s interest”.

The President of the United States has “Describes the implications and consequences of China providing material support to Russia in the face of brutal attacks on Ukrainian cities and civilians”The White House said in a statement.

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The White House said the eagerly awaited meeting between the two leaders lasted nearly two hours.

Zhelensky soon before the French Parliament

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zhelensky will speak with French delegates and senators via video conference on Wednesday.

“The war situation affecting the Ukrainian people is about all the people of Europe and their parliamentary assemblies.”He underscored the leadership of the National Assembly in a press release.

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