talks between Russia and Ukraine begin in Istanbul


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New negotiations begin Tuesday in Istanbul to try to end the war that has raged in Ukraine since the Russian invasion on February 24, while Ukrainian forces claim to resist Russian assaults on major cities and even to have regained ground. Follow our live.

  • 9:16 a.m .: Ukraine says it hopes for three humanitarian corridors, including one in Mariupol

Ukrainian authorities hope to be able to open three humanitarian corridors on Tuesday to allow the evacuation of civilians from towns besieged by Russian troops, Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Irina Vereshchuk said.

The kyiv authorities will in particular try to set up a secure humanitarian corridor to allow residents of Mariupol, a port in southeastern Ukraine besieged for several weeks, to leave the city in private cars.

  • 9:00 a.m.: Russian Wagner group deployed in eastern Ukraine (British defence)

Russian mercenaries from the Wagner group have deployed in eastern Ukraine, said the British Ministry of Defence, which estimates that more than 1,000 fighters from the sulphurous paramilitary company could be brought to fight in the country.

« The Wagner Group’s private Russian military company has deployed in eastern Ukraine, » the ministry said in a status update posted on its Twitter account.

  • 8:48 a.m .: Russia and Ukraine “have legitimate concerns”, says Erdogan

Both Russia and Ukraine have « legitimate concerns », Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said as he welcomed delegations of negotiators from both countries to Istanbul, calling on them to « put an end to this tragedy ».

The talks between the two delegations should begin after this reception, in the Dolmabahçe Palace in Istanbul where the Turkish presidency has offices.

  • 8:30 am: Irpin recaptured from Russian forces, according to Ukraine

Ukraine announced on Monday evening that the town of Irpin, the scene of fierce fighting on the outskirts of kyiv, had been recaptured from Russian forces. But the situation remains unstable. The point with our correspondent in kyiv, Gulliver Cragg.

  • 8:00 am: Mariupol, city in ruins

After shelling and a month-long siege, at least 5,000 people were killed in this port city in southeastern Ukraine, according to local authorities. Those who fled recount this hell in this report.

  • 7:00 a.m.: Russian oligarch Abramovich and Ukrainian negotiators suffered from possible ‘poisoning’

Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich, who is trying to mediate between Moscow and kyiv to end the war in Ukraine, has suffered from symptoms that suggest possible poisoning, a source familiar with the matter told AFP on Monday. confirming information from the Wall Street Journal.

After a meeting in the Ukrainian capital in March, the billionaire owner of English football club Chelsea and at least two senior members of the Ukrainian negotiating team « developed symptoms », the American newspaper wrote, citing  » people aware of this situation ». Red and watery eyes, peeling face and hands: these symptoms then improved « and their lives are not in danger », he added.

  • 6:30 a.m.: Russian-Ukrainian talks open in Istanbul

Ahead of discussions scheduled for Tuesday in Istanbul, the Ukrainian Foreign Minister warned that kyiv would not concede any human life, territory or sovereignty. « The minimum program will be humanitarian issues, and the maximum program is to reach a ceasefire agreement, » Dmytro Kouleba told state television.

In Washington, a senior US State Department official said Russian President Vladimir Putin appeared unwilling to compromise to end the war.

An adviser to the Ukrainian Interior Ministry said he was skeptical that the talks would lead to progress.

Kremlin spokesman Dimitry Peskov said it was important that face-to-face talks continue, even if they have so far failed to yield results.

  • 5:30 am: warning sirens in Ukraine ahead of talks with Russia

Warning sirens sounded before dawn on Tuesday across Ukraine, a few hours from talks in Turkey between Ukrainian and Russian negotiators, during which kyiv hopes to obtain a ceasefire, but does not intend to make any concessions territorial or sovereignty.

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