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Ukraine news – live: Russia sees no sign of breakthrough in peace talks, as UN says 4 million have fled war

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There is “no sign of a breakthrough” yet in ongoing peace talks between Russia and Ukraine, a Kremlin spokesperson has said. Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Wednesday that Moscow welcomed Kyiv’s decision to set out its demands in writing, but warned there was a “long period of work ahead”.

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It came after Ukraine negotiators, at the talks in Istanbul, Turkey, said on Tuesday that they proposed adopting neutral status for security guarantees, meaning Ukraine would not join military alliances or host military bases.

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Senior Ukrainian presidential adviser Mykhailo Podolyak added the guarantee – similar to Nato’s article 5 which commits alliance members to defend one another – would involve countries such as the US, UK, Turkey, France and Germany being “legally actively involved in protecting [Ukraine] from any aggression”.

Meanwhile, the latest UN data reveals that 4,019,000 Ukrainians have sought refuge abroad since Russian president Vladimir Putin launched his invasion on 24 February. It means at least a quarter of the population have had to abandon their homes.

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Russia’s position unchanged on Crimea and the east, says chief negotiator

Russian negotiator Vladimir Medinsky says talks with Ukraine are continuing but adds that Russia’s position on Crimea and the Donbas region has not changed.

He is speaking following talks in Istanbul, at which Russia said it would pull back from Kyiv and Chernihiv.

Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014, while parts of the eastern regions of Donetsk and Luhansk – collectively known as the Donbas – are held by Russian-backed separatists.

Mr Medinsky says Ukraine has stated a willingness to meet Russia’s core demands and that if it sticks to its promises, “the threat of a Nato stronghold” in Ukraine will be removed.

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Satellite imagery reveals destruction to Ukrainian city of Mariupol

New satellite imagery has revealed the scale of damage to the Ukrainian city of Mariupol amid Russia’s invasion of the country.

The imagery, captured on Tuesday by Maxar Technologies, a geospatial intelligence company based in the US state of Colorado, includes a before and after comparison showing buildings damaged and destroyed, with debris and wreckage strewn across roads.

Another image shows the roof of Mariupol’s theatre having fallen through following a 16 March attack, which authorities have said approximately 300 people were killed in, PA writes in this report,

<p>Julia, 34, cries next to her daughter Veronika, 6, while talking to a group of journalists in Brovary, on the outskirts of Kyiv, amid ongoing blasts </p>

Satellite imagery reveals scale of destruction to Ukrainian city of Mariupol

The United Nations said on Tuesday that more than 1,100 civilians have been killed in Ukraine since Russia’s invasion began

Sam Hancock30 March 2022 15:081648648592

Pictured: Assault on Kyiv continues despite Russian assurances

<p>Journalists walk inside a destroyed warehouse for storing food, after an attack from Russia twelve days ago in Brovary, on the outskirts of the capital </p>

Julia, 34, cries next to her daughter Veronika, 6, while talking to a group of journalists in Brovary, on the outskirts of Kyiv, amid ongoing blasts

(AP)

<p>A Ukrainian service member walks on the front line near Kyiv </p>

Journalists walk inside a destroyed warehouse for storing food, after an attack from Russia twelve days ago in Brovary, on the outskirts of the capital

(AP)

<p>Rescuers begin to clear debris and other damage after the Russian shelling of a food warehouse in Brovary, Kyiv, on Tuesday</p>

A Ukrainian service member walks on the front line near Kyiv

(Reuters)

<p>Russian and Ukrainian delegations meet at Dolmabahce Presidential Office for the peace talks in Istanbul, Turkey, on 29 March</p>

Rescuers begin to clear debris and other damage after the Russian shelling of a food warehouse in Brovary, Kyiv, on Tuesday

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Sam Hancock30 March 2022 14:561648646591

PM faces calls to reduce Home Office ‘red tape’ for Ukrainian refugees

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Boris Johnson is facing calls to “cut Home Office red tape” to help more Ukrainians come into the UK at a quicker rate.

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At Prime Minister’s Questions (PMQs) today, Tory MP Roger Gale said the government’s latest figures showed that “of 28,300 applications submitted under the sponsorship scheme by people displaced in [Vladimir] Putin’s war, just 2,700 have been processed”.

Sir Roger, who is a long-time critic of Mr Johnson’s, told the House: “Could he please tell the House how many to date of those people have actually arrived in the United Kingdom and will he give his support to Lord Harrington to cut through the Home Office red tape, simplify the application process and get people into the country?”

The PM replied by saying his government was processing 1,000 visas a day and that “25,000 visas have already been issued as I just told the House”.

He continued: “Almost 200,000 families’ homes have opened their arms to Ukrainians coming in fear of their lives, and there is no limit on the scheme.

“I think we can be incredibly proud of what the UK is doing.”

Sam Hancock30 March 2022 14:231648646218

US sees Russian sabre-rattling reshaping nuclear landscape

The Kremlin breached its international obligations by raising nuclear tensions amid the war in Ukraine, according to a top US arms control official, pushing some countries to reassess their dependency on Russia for atomic fuel and technology.

Bonnie Jenkins, under-secretary for arms control and international security at the State Department, said the US is ready to help allies in Eastern Europe escape their reliance on Moscow, reports Jonathan Tirone.

“We have obligations under the Non-Proliferation Treaty and threatening non-nuclear weapons states isn’t something that a nuclear weapons state should be doing,” she said in an interview at the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna. “This sabre-rattling is certainly not good. There were no threats made against Russia.”

Ukraine news - live: Russia ‘sees no sign of breakthrough’ in peace talks, as UN says 4 million have fled war

US sees Russian sabre-rattling reshaping nuclear landscape

Washington says it is working with Nato partners to mitigate the risk of a potential nuclear incident linked to the Kremlin’s invasion

Sam Hancock30 March 2022 14:161648644921

Russia hits Red Cross building in Mariupol – Ukrainian ombudswoman

Russian forces struck a Red Cross facility in the besieged southern port city of Mariupol, according to Ukrainian ombudswoman Lyudmyla Denisova.

In a statement, she said: “In Mariupol, the occupiers aimed at the building of the International Committee of the Red Cross.

“Enemy aircraft and artillery fired on a building marked with a red cross on a white background, indicating the presence of wounded, civilian or humanitarian cargo.”

Ms Denisova did not specify when the strikes had taken place and said there was no confirmation yet about casualties. Her statement continued:

“This is another war crime of the Russian army in accordance with the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court and a gross violation of the 1949 Geneva Conventions.

“Until now, the only ones who shelled buildings and vehicles marked with red crosses were the troops of Hitler’s Germany.

“I call on the world community to condemn the barbaric actions of the occupying country in shelling the ICRC building and to take measures to end the bloody war on the territory of Ukraine as soon as possible.”

Sam Hancock30 March 2022 13:551648644066

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Chernihiv calls out Russia for failing to uphold demilitarisation

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The governor of Chernihiv says Russia has continued to assault the northern city in Ukraine, despite Moscow’s promise to drastically scale back military activities in the area.

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Speaking to the BBC, Viacheslav Chaus said: “Right now, as we speak, I can hear which I think are mortar shells.”

It came after Chernihiv and the town of Nizhyn were attacked during the night and civilian buildings, libraries and shopping centres were destroyed.

“We don’t believe [the Russians] because we’ve already seen that there isn’t a single time when their military forces keep their word,” he said.

His words came as the city’s mayor, Vladyslav Atroshenko, said Russian attacks on Chernihiv had actually increased since Russia’s claim to reduce operations.

With each rocket, Vladimir Putin was putting ‘another nail’ in his coffin, Mr Chaus told the broadcaster.

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On the frontline in Kharkiv, a city destroyed by Putin’s war

Here’s our defence and security editor Kim Sengupta reporting from the front line in Ukraine:

An attempted Russian assault had been repulsed, the barrage of missile strikes and artillery rounds had quietened: Captain Aleksandr Osadchy had a feeling of fleeting optimism – then came the telephone call he had dreaded getting from his brother.

Their 85-year-old mother, Maria, had been killed during shelling of the village of Kamianka, at the home where the family had lived for generations, one she had refused to leave for a safer area even as the fighting intensified.

‘She was a very determined woman and she wouldn’t change her mind,’ says Captain Osadchy. ‘Like so many people of that generation she had a tough life, it is such a pity it ended so sadly, so unnecessarily.’

Ukraine news - live: Russia ‘sees no sign of breakthrough’ in peace talks, as UN says 4 million have fled war

‘Nothing justifies this’: On Kharkiv frontline, a city destroyed by Putin’s war

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Russia ‘sees no sign of breakthrough’ in Ukraine talks – Kremlin

Let’s get an update on the peace talks in Istanbul.

Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov, speaking with reporters today, said Russia had not noticed anything really promising or that looked like a breakthrough yet in peace talks with Ukraine, according to Reuters.

Moscow welcomed the fact that Kyiv has set out its demands in written form, he said, but he said there was a long period of work ahead.

Ukraine negotiators said yesterday that they proposed adopting neutral status for security guarantees at talks with Russia in Istanbul, meaning Ukraine would not join military alliances or host military bases.

The senior Ukrainian presidential adviser, Mykhailo Podolyak, said the guarantee, similar to Nato’s article 5 which commits alliance members to defend one another, would involve countries such as the US, UK, Turkey, France and Germany being “legally actively involved in protecting [Ukraine] from any aggression”.

The proposals would also include a 15-year consultation period on the status of annexed Crimea and could come into force only in the event of a complete ceasefire, the negotiators told reporters following talks in Turkey.

Ukraine news - live: Russia ‘sees no sign of breakthrough’ in peace talks, as UN says 4 million have fled war

Russian and Ukrainian delegations meet at Dolmabahce Presidential Office for the peace talks in Istanbul, Turkey, on 29 March

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