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Moscow and Kyiv traded blame over a failed ceasefire plan

Russia and Ukraine blamed each other today as attempts to establish a humanitarian corridor out of Mariupol failed for the second time. A Ukrainian National Guard member said on television that Russians continued shelling safe areas of the city.

Here’s your 10-point cheatsheet to this big story:

  1. “The current (Ukrainian) authorities must understand that if they continue to do what they are doing, they are putting in question the future of Ukrainian statehood,” Vladimir Putin said. “And if this happens, they will be fully responsible.”

  2. Rationing of essential foodstuff starts in Russia as sanctions imposed over Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine has started pinching. Russia said caps were imposed to stop hoarding and black-marketing.

  3. Ukraine today claimed more than 11,000 Russian troops have been killed since Vladimir Putin declared war on the eastern European country on February 24.

  4. Since Russia’s invasion 10 days ago, the economic and humanitarian toll of the war has spiralled, sending nearly 1.5 million people fleeing Ukraine.

  5. Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky has urged the US and other allies to provide military assistance, including warplanes.

  6. Vladimir Putin has escalated warnings against NATO, threatening a wider war if a no-fly zone is set up. Putin said that there would be “colossal and catastrophic consequences not only for Europe but also the whole world” if such a step was taken. “Any movement in this direction will be considered by us as participation in an armed conflict by that country,” Putin said.

  7. Card payment giants Visa and Mastercard join the growing list of international brands refusing to do business with Moscow over its invasion of Ukraine.

  8. The siege came as Russian forces inched closer to the capital Kyiv in an assault that has become ever-more indiscriminate — and deadly. Working-class towns such as Bucha and Irpin are in the line of fire, and air raids broke many people’s resolve to stay.

  9. Putin will today meet Turkish President Erdogan, whose country, a NATO member, shares a maritime border with Ukraine and Russia.

  10. Ukraine announced that a third round of ceasefire talks with Russia would go ahead on Monday.


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