Russia-Ukraine agree on humanitarian corridors: An update
The delegations of Ukraine and Russia, who met in Belarus for the second round of talks during the day, have agreed for humanitarian corridors to evacuate civilians, according to AFP but a Ukrainian negotiator said today's talks didn't deliver needed results.
President Vladimir Putin has said that Russia’s military operations in Ukraine were going according to plan as it fights for the “denazification and demilitarisation” of the country.
Meanwhile, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy called for direct negotiation with Putin, saying any word is “more important than shots”. He asked Putin what he is afraid of, adding sarcasm to the proposal by adding he “doesn't bite”.
The European Union (EU) has agreed to approve temporary protection for refugees fleeing the war in Ukraine and is also going to set up a humanitarian hub in Romania.
Tweeting today, France's President Macron said: “I spoke to President Putin this morning. He refuses to stop his attacks on Ukraine at this point. It is vital to maintain dialogue to avoid human tragedy. I will continue my efforts and contacts. We must avoid the worst.
At least 22 people were killed and four wounded after Russian missiles hit two schools and private houses in Ukraine's Chernihiv region earlier in the day.