Ukrainian officials have projected a more optimistic tone for the talks than on previous occasions when negotiations between the two nations have ended without resolution. But Ukraine still insists it wants an immediate cease-fire and Russian troops gone. Illustrating the invasion’s toll on civilians, an injured, pregnant mother depicted in a photo showed the tragedy of maternity hospital bombing in Ukraine has died with her baby.
Ukraine is also set to dominate the agenda when U.S. national security adviser Jake Sullivan meets with China’s top diplomat, Yang Jiechi, in Rome on Monday. U.S. officials said Moscow has turned to China for military equipment and aid since the Russian invasion began more than two weeks ago. A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Monday called the U.S. allegations “fake news.” A Russian presidential spokesman also denied that Moscow asked China for weapons.
Here’s what to know
- Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk announced the opening of 10 humanitarian corridors, around Kyiv and the eastern Luhansk region. Ukrainian authorities were also trying to facilitate the movement of a humanitarian convoy carrying food and medicines to Mariupol that was unable to reach the city Sunday because of intense fighting. Hundreds of thousands of people in Mariupol are isolated by Russia’s blockade and running out of food, water and basic supplies.
- Ukrainian officials said an American journalist, Brent Renaud, was fatally shot while reporting outside Kyiv.
- What questions do you have about the war in Ukraine? A team of Post reporters will answer your questions on Monday at 11 a.m. Eastern time.
UNDERSTANDING THE RUSSIA-UKRAINE CONFLICT