Ukraine war live: Kremlin says ‘no breakthrough’ in talks as Ukraine claims Russia ‘misled’ them

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Ukraine war live: Kremlin says 'no breakthrough' in talks as Ukraine claims Russia 'misled' them

A soldier comforts Larysa Kolesnyk, 82, after being evacuated from Irpin, on the outskirts of Kyiv, Ukraine, Wednesday, March 30, 2022.   —  

With Russia’s war in Ukraine into its second month, Putin’s forces have continued to pound towns and cities from afar as Moscow’s military offensive stalls in the face of strong Ukrainian resistance.

Millions have fled their homes, creating Europe’s worst refugee crisis since World War II. Thousands of civilians and military personnel have been killed, and the Russian bombardments have left widespread devastation.

The Russian invasion has caused political and shockwaves around the world, deepening the rupture between Moscow and the West.

Follow the latest updates in our live blog below, and watch our TV coverage in the video player above.

06:44

Wednesday: Key points to know

    Officials in Ukraine say Russian forces have continued to strike around Kyiv and other cities, including residential areas of Chernihiv — both areas where Moscow pledged on Tuesday to «drastically» reduce combat operations. Ukrainian authorities have accused Russia of bombing a Red Cross centre in Mariupol, the besieged port in southeastern Ukraine destroyed by Putin’s forces.The Kremlin says there was ‘no breakthrough’ in talks between Russian and Ukrainian negotiators in Istanbul on Tuesday — and there’s been no second day of talks on Wednesday either.Ukrainian President Zelensky expressed his scepticism about Russia’s pledge to scale back military operations around Kyiv and Chernihiv, saying «Ukrainians are not naïve people».The UN says four million people have now fled Ukraine since the start of the Russian invasion, seeking refuge in neighbouring countries.Poland says it’s planning to cut imports of Russian oil and gas, while Germans are urged to save power.The World Food Programme says it has already helped a million people in Ukraine, that some are going «for days without finding food.»  

06:12Do you share Ukraine’s scepticism about Russia’s pledge to scale back military operations in Kyiv and Chernihiv?18:18

Boris Johnson: Don’t lift sanctions until all Russian troops have left Ukraine

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson says Western nations shouldn’t lift sanctions on Russia until all Moscow’s troops have left Ukraine.

Johnson said a ceasefire would not be enough, and the G7 should “intensify sanctions with a rolling programme until every single one of (President Vladimir Putin’s) troops is out of Ukraine.”

Speaking to a committee of British lawmakers on Wednesday, Johnson also said Britain was discussing “going up a gear” in support to help Ukraine defend itself. He said sending armoured personnel carriers was something the UK was “looking at.”

The UK has sent anti-tank weapons and other military equipment to Ukraine but wants to avoid anything that could be seen as escalating the conflict.

(AP)

17:55

UN appoints Norwegian judge to head Ukraine human rights probe

The U.N.’s top human rights body has chosen a Norwegian former judge at the European Court of Human Rights to head a three-member panel to investigate possible abuses and violations in Ukraine following Russia’s invasion.

Erik Møse, formerly president of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, will be joined by Jasminka Dzumhur, the human rights ombudsperson in Bosnia, and Pablo de Greiff of Colombia, a political theorist who has specialized in justice issues, on the Commission of Inquiry on Ukraine.

The U.N.-backed Human Rights Council created the commission earlier this month.

The three panel members will lead a team that has a one-year mandate to “to establish the facts, circumstances and root causes” of any human rights violations and abuses in Ukraine that could eventually contribute to international justice over the war.

(AP)

17:44

Slovakia to expel 35 Russian diplomats

Slovakia has decided to expel 35 Russian diplomats, the foreign ministry announced on Wednesday, citing information provided by intelligence services.

The Russian Federation’s ambassador was summoned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and was given a note announcing the expulsions from among the Russian embassy staff in Bratislava, spokesman Juraj Tomaga told AFP.

17:39

Ukraine has ‘zero trust’ in Russia over its troops pullback pledge

“We have zero reasons for trusting whatever the Russians are saying,» Ukraine MP Inna Sovsun told Euronews on Tuesday.

It came after Moscow’s delegates at the Istanbul talks pledged to «drastically» reduce combat operations around Kyiv and Chernihiv.

Meanwhile some of Putin’s allies are urging him to continue the war.

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Ukraine war live: Kremlin says 'no breakthrough' in talks as Ukraine claims Russia 'misled' them

Ukraine has ‘zero trust’ in Russia over its troops pullback pledge

17:34

Putin ‘being misinformed by advisers’ — US official

U.S. intelligence officials have determined that Russian President Vladimir Putin is being misinformed by his advisers about Russian forces’ performance in Ukraine, according to a U.S. official.

The official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity Wednesday to discuss the recently declassified intelligence finding, said that Putin has felt misled by the Russian military and there is now persistent tension between him and senior Russian defense officials.

The official did not detail underlying evidence for how U.S. intelligence made the determination.

But the intel community has concluded that Putin was unaware that the military had been using and losing conscripts in Ukraine. They also have determined Putin is not fully aware of the extent to which the Russian economy is being damaged by economic sanctions imposed by the U.S. and allies.

The findings demonstrate a “clear breakdown in the flow of accurate information” to Putin, and show that Putin’s senior advisers are “afraid to tell him the truth,” the official said.

(AP)

17:29

Ukraine war spurs German record 7.3% inflation

Inflation in Germany jumped to a 40-year high of 7.3% in March, fueled by the war in Ukraine which is driving up energy and food prices, complicating the government’s task and the European Central Bank (ECB).

The last time such a high annual increase was seen was in November 1981, in West Germany. The figure announced on Wednesday by the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) is a record since German reunification in 1990.

Over one month, inflation climbed 2.5%, while the harmonised price index, which serves as a benchmark at European level, reached 7.6%, smashing the ECB’s medium-term target of 2%.

According to Destatis, the cause of this historic surge lies in «Russia’s attack on Ukraine» which dashed hopes of seeing prices calm down after the increases of recent months caused by persistent supply chain tensions.

(with AFP)

17:19

Austria follows Germany in activating gas supply emergency plan

Austria activated on Wednesday, like Germany, the first level of its emergency plan to guarantee the supply of natural gas in the face of the threat of a stoppage of Russian deliveries, the country’s Chancellor said.

“The early warning level guarantees a rapid reaction” to “ensure the gas supply for Austrian households and businesses,” Karl Nehammer said in a press release.

(AFP)

17:12

Russian shelling continues despite pledge to ‘drastically’ reduce operations

After Russia pledged to ‘drastically reduce combat operations’ around Kyiv and Chernihiv… Russian shelling continues.

A senior Ukrainian official says that the Russian military has continued shelling areas around the Ukrainian capital.

Oleksandr Pavliuk, the head of the Kyiv region military administration, said Wednesday that there were 30 Russian shellings of the residential areas and civilian infrastructure in the Bucha, Brovary and Vyshhorod regions around the capital over the previous 24 hours.

The barrage came despite a Russian pledge to reduce military activities around Kyiv and the northern city of Chernihiv after Tuesday’s talks between Russian and Ukrainian negotiators in Istanbul.

Olexander Lomako, the secretary of Chernihiv city council, said in a voice message to The Associated Press that military action increased in intensity overnight and “the city was bombed, shelled by artillery and heavy weapons,” with a library and a shopping mall among places that were hit.

(with AP)

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