Kharkiv shelled by Russia, dozens die
Russian shelling has killed at least 11 civilians in Kharkiv, says regional governor, news agency AFP reported. Earlier Ukrainian interior ministry adviser Anton Herashchenko had said that dozens of people were killed in rocket strikes by Russian forces on Kharkiv on Monday morning. “Kharkiv has just been massively fired upon by grads (rockets). Dozens of dead and hundreds of wounded,” he said in a post on Facebook.
Talks between Ukraine and Russia started on Monday morning at the Belarussian border, Ukrainian presidential advisor Mykhailo Podolyak told Reuters via text message on Monday.
Earlier the Ukrainian president’s office said Ukraine’s goal for the talks was an immediate ceasefire and the withdrawal of Russian forces from Ukraine.
UN rights boss Bachelet has said that at least 102 civilians, including seven children, have died in Ukraine since the Russian invasion began. Moreover, 304 have been injured. She, however, added that the real figure may well be “considerably higher”. In other news, post a high-level meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, India has decided to send Union Ministers Hardeep Puri, Jyotiraditya Scindia, Kiren Rijiju and Gen VK Singh to neighbouring countries of Ukraine to coordinate the evacuation mission and help students, government sources said.
The talks ended a few hours later, Russian news agency TASS reported citing a source.
Meanwhile, at the request of the Ukrainian government, French president Emmanuel Macron has spoken to Vladimir Putin.
The Élysée Palace said in a statement: “The president reiterated the international community’s demand that [Russia] halt its offensive against Ukraine, and reaffirmed the necessity of immediately establishing a ceasefire.”