Kuleba and Lavrov to meet, 3 people confirmed dead at Mariupol maternity ward (UPDATED)
Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine has been going on for over two weeks. Today, March 10th, is the 15th day of Putin's war against Ukraine.
UPDATE (1628): Talks between Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba and his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov ended on March 10 in Antalya, Turkey with little progress having been made.
Kuleba said he had asked for a ceasefire and a humanitarian corridor to be opened to allow civilians to flee from the Donetsk Oblast city of Mariupol on the Azov Sea coast, which has been under siege by Russian forces and is now on the verge of a humanitarian disaster. Lavrov refused to commit to this, Kuleba said.
Kuleba said that the terms offered by the Russian side to Ukraine in the talks amounted to a complete surrender, but the Ukraine was ready to continue engaging with Russia to find a way to end the war.
In comments after the talks, Lavrov absurdly claimed that Russia "had not invaded Ukraine" and would not invade any other country. The claim was met with derision from Western media.
UPDATE (0900): The third week of the war has begun. Ukraine's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dmitriy Kuleba, is meeting with his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, in the Turkish resort city of Antalya, to discuss a possible cessation of hostilities.
The meeting was organized and is moderated by the Turkish government, directly involving the Turkish Foreign Minister, Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu. This is the first direct contact between Lavrov and Kuleba in along time - Kuleba, prior to the Russian invasion, had earlier complained that the Russian Federation had refused to hold direct high-level talks of this nature, even over a phone call. The Ukrainian minister noted that he is readying himself to hold a "maximally effective" conversation with Lavrov, though he warned that his own personal expectations for the talks are "reserved".
The talks in Antalya occur amid a growing number of Russian war crimes in Ukraine. Yesterday, on Mar. 9, Russian air forces subjected the Ukrainian port city of Mariupol to bombings, hitting both a children's hospital, and a maternity ward. There have so far been seventeen confirmed casualties as a result of these attacks, including medical personnel and expectant mothers. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said the strikes were "spreading terror and savagery."
Overnight on Mar. 10, Russians again conducted airstrikes on the city of Sumy and in the Sumy Oblast, where they have already struck residential buildings.
NV is following the latest developments in the war, live.
UPDATE (1100): Russian invaders attack Chernihiv, leaving the city without gas or heating.
As a result of Russian attacks against civilian infrastructure in the norther Ukrainian city of Chernihiv, the entire city has been left without without gas or heating, reports Chernihiv Regional State Administration head Viacheslav Chaus.
"We have survived yet another day. The enemy has conducted rocket and air strikes against then city of Chernihiv. They attack civilian infrastructure. As a result, today, the city of Chernihiv is almost entirely without gas and heating. I hope that this is not for long," he said.
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