Where we are?. Update on the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

The situation on the ground, international reactions, sanctions: the point about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Residents queuing for emergency aid watch as Ukrainian soldiers drive on a tank in the town of Trostsyanets in Ukraine, Monday, March 28, 2022. Trostsyanets were recently recaptured by Ukrainian forces after being detained by Russians during the war’s first days.

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Start of negotiations in Turkey

Russia and Ukraine both have “legitimate concerns”, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday, shortly before the start of direct talks between the two countries in Istanbul, urging them to “put an end to this tragedy”.

It is the first time that the delegations of the two countries meet physically after several rounds of talks via video conference.

Moscow has confirmed that Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich is mediating in the negotiations and sweeping the press’ claims that he was poisoned aside.

Mykolaiv hit again: at least two dead

At least two people died on Tuesday in a Russian strike that partially destroyed the regional administration building in Mykolaiv, a Ukrainian city near Odessa. AFP reporters saw two bodies being pulled from the rubble of the building, the central part of which partially collapsed after the strike.

Regional Governor Vitaly Kim said aid workers were looking for “eight civilians and three soldiers” under the rubble. Ukraine also announced Monday night that the city of Irpin, the scene of violent fighting in the suburbs of Kiev, had been withdrawn from Russian forces.

Resumption of humanitarian corridors

Ukraine on Tuesday announced a resumption of civilian evacuations via three humanitarian corridors, particularly from the besieged city of Mariupol, following a day-long suspension of fears of Russian “provocations”.

“Three humanitarian corridors have been validated for today,” Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk said as Ukraine repeatedly condemned Russian attacks on those corridors.

French President Emmanuel Macron and Vladimir Putin will specifically discuss the humanitarian operation to evacuate civilians in Mariupol during a phone call scheduled for 4:30 p.m. (14:30 GMT), Elysee said.

The United States is considering further sanctions

After already sanctioning Russia’s defense industry, the United States is considering targeting other sectors involved in the Kremlin – led war effort in Ukraine.

“We plan to target sectors that are critical of the Kremlin’s ability to operate its war machine,” said Deputy Finance Minister Wally Adeyemo, according to the text of a speech to the Chatham House think tank in London.

Polish and Czech boycott of a meeting in Budapest

Polish and Czech defense ministers will not attend a meeting in Budapest of the Visegrad group, known as V4, on Wednesday because of Hungary’s ties to the Kremlin, officials said.

“I have always supported V4 and I am very sorry that Hungarian politicians now find cheap Russian oil more important than Ukrainian blood,” said Czech Minister Jana Cernochova.

IAEA in Ukraine for Nuclear Safety

The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is in Ukraine “for discussions with officials” to provide “technical assistance” guaranteeing the safety of nuclear installations, the UN agency said on Tuesday.

“The military conflict poses an unprecedented threat to power plants and elsewhere in the country,” the IAEA said. The Chernobyl nuclear power plant has been occupied by Russian forces since the beginning of the invasion, and the Russian army has also taken control of the town of Slavoutitch, where the personnel ensuring its proper functioning reside.

Military exposure for some Russians

Russia announced on Tuesday that it would suspend military service to young people working in the high-tech sector to deal with a brain drain caused by the Russian offensive in Ukraine.

More than 3,000 journalists in Ukraine

The Russian invasion of Ukraine would concentrate “between 3,000 and 3,500” journalists on the ground, a study by the Greek NGO iMedD noted on Tuesday, focusing on the independence of journalism.

“Platforms, social networks, propaganda, provocation, fake news (…) are ‘nuclear weapons’ in an information war – not only in the form of manipulation of public opinion, but also in the context of the East’s strategies and tactics. And the West on the earth, ”emphasizes this study.

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