UPDATES: Ukraine In an attack on the Mariupol Children’s Hospital, at least three people were killed, including a child.

 UPDATES: Ukraine In an attack on the Mariupol Children’s Hospital, at least three people were killed, including a child.

In their first top-level discussions since Moscow’s invasion two weeks ago, Russia and Ukraine failed to reach an agreement on Thursday, despite international condemnation of a blast at a children’s hospital that killed three people, including a small girl, according to Kyiv.

After meetings with Russian colleague Sergei Lavrov in Turkey, Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said there had been “no progress” on a 24-hour ceasefire, though Lavrov stressed Moscow would continue to speak.

An AFP team witnessed Russian forces rolling up to the northeastern outskirts of Kyiv on Thursday, getting closer in their attempts to encircle the Ukrainian capital.

Mayor Vitali Klitschko claimed that half of the city’s inhabitants had gone, adding: “Kyiv has been fortified. Every road, facility, and checkpoint have been reinforced.”

Since Russia’s invasion on February 24, which provoked unprecedented Western sanctions as well as a cultural and sporting boycott, the United Nations estimates that more than 2.3 million people have fled Ukraine.

According to President Volodymyr Zelensky, at least 35 000 citizens were evacuated from the cities of Sumy, Enerhodar, and districts around Kyiv on Wednesday, with three more routes planned to open up on Thursday, including out of the southern port city of Mariupol.

The attack on the children’s and maternity hospital in Mariupol, which Zelensky termed as a Russian “war crime” and prompted international indignation, occurred on Wednesday.

Because of Putin, NATO is’stronger’ and Russia is ‘weaker,’ according to the US.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, according to US Vice President Kamala Harris, has only strengthened the NATO Western defense alliance by invading Ukraine.

“Because of what Putin has done, the NATO alliance is stronger and Russia is weaker. This is crystal evident to us “In Warsaw, Harris spoke to reporters alongside Polish President Andrzej Duda.

Following the imposition of sanctions, Russia has banned the export of certain products and equipment. Russia issued an export restriction on more than 200 foreign-made products and equipment till the end of the year on Thursday, as part of its reaction to sanctions imposed over the Ukraine crisis.

The ban applies to items and equipment that were previously brought into Russia from other countries.

“The list includes technology, communication, and medical equipment, automobiles, agricultural gear, and electrical equipment – a total of more than 200 categories of items,” Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin said in a statement. The order stated that “this measure is required to maintain market stability in Russia.”

Members of the Moscow-led Eurasian Economic Union, as well as Georgia’s separatist provinces of South Ossetia and Abkhazia, will be exempt from the policy.

Separately, the government has prohibited the shipment of “certain types of timber” to countries that have “engaged in hostile behavior” toward Russia.

There are 48 countries on the list, including EU member states and the US.

Russia has one-fifth of the world’s forest, and expanding its use of this resource might help the country reduce its dependency on oil and gas.

President Vladimir Putin’s “special military operation” in Ukraine, which began on February 24, has resulted in unprecedented Western sanctions and a mass exodus of multinational firms from Russia.

The number of refugees displaced by the Ukraine conflict has surpassed 2.3 million.
According to estimates released by the United Nations on Thursday, more than 2.3 million refugees have fled Ukraine since Russia’s incursion on February 24.

The UNHCR, the UN’s refugee agency, reported 2 316 002 refugees on its dedicated website, which is 160 731 higher than the last tally on Wednesday.

“The UNHCR requires around $500 million for its emergency activities in Ukraine and neighboring countries,” said UNHCR chief Filippo Grandi on Thursday.

“We have received almost $300 million so far, nearly $200 million of which has come from people, businesses, and foundations.”

“This is unprecedented: a show of remarkable sympathy with Ukraine’s people.”

So far, 71 children have been murdered in Ukraine, according to a member of parliament.
A Ukrainian parliament official claimed on Thursday that at least 71 children had been murdered in Ukraine since Russian President Vladimir Putin declared a war on February 24.

“71 children have been killed and over 100 injured since the beginning of the Russian invasion till 11:00 (09:00 GMT) on March 10,” Lyudmyla Denisova, the parliament’s human rights point person, stated in a Telegram message.

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