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Ukraine says it’s looking for worldwide safety ensures which are “legally verified” as a part of discussions with Russia to achieve an settlement to finish Moscow’s unprovoked invasion, as Russia escalated its bombardment of Kyiv and launched new assaults on the port metropolis of Mariupol.

With the conflict in Ukraine now ending its third week, video talks between the 2 sides seemed to be making some progress on March 16, with Russian Overseas Minister Sergei Lavrov calling the discussions “businesslike” and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy describing Moscow’s calls for as turning into “extra reasonable.”

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Lavrov stated on the Russian RBK TV that “severe” discussions on Ukraine having impartial standing have been happening, with “concrete formulations that for my part are near being agreed.”

Russia’s high diplomat did not elaborate on the discussions, however Ukraine’s chief negotiator, Mykhaylo Podolyak, appeared to take a distinct view, saying that since a conflict with Russia was beneath means, “the mannequin can solely be Ukrainian and solely about legally verified safety ensures.”

“Ukraine has by no means been a militaristic state that assaults or plans to assault its neighbors, not like some neighbors,” he stated in a press release on Telegram.

“Which means that the signatories of the ensures don’t stand apart within the occasion of an assault on Ukraine, as they’re doing in the present day. As a substitute, they take an lively half on the facet of Ukraine in a battle and formally present us with a direct provide of the mandatory quantity of weapons,” he added.

The talks are additionally stated to be hitting a sticking level with Ukraine demanding a whole withdrawal of all Russian forces.

The day earlier than, Zelenskiy appeared to acknowledge Ukraine is unlikely to attain its earlier objective of becoming a member of the NATO safety alliance.

He informed European leaders gathered in London on March 15 that he realized NATO has no intention of accepting Ukraine. “We have now heard for a few years concerning the open doorways, however we additionally heard that we are able to’t enter these doorways,” he stated. “That is the reality, and we’ve got merely to just accept it as it’s.”

Zelenskiy has beforehand stated that he might think about a impartial standing for his nation however wants sturdy safety ensures from each the West and Russia.

In the meantime, Russian forces have intensified assaults on Kyiv’s suburbs, notably these to the northwest and west, the top of the Kyiv area, Oleksiy Kuleba, stated on March 16.

He stated the Russians have been making an attempt to chop off the capital from transport arteries and destroy logistical capabilities as they plan a broader assault to grab Kyiv.

Kuleba added that Russia had occupied town of Ivankiv, 80 kilometers north of Kyiv, and controls the encircling area on the border with Belarus.

Shrapnel from an artillery shell slammed right into a 12-story condominium constructing in central Kyiv on March 16, destroying the highest flooring, in line with a press release and pictures launched by the Kyiv emergencies service. The neighboring constructing was additionally broken. The service reported two victims however didn’t elaborate.

Bombardment of the capital edged nearer to town middle, smashing residences, a subway station, and different civilian websites.

However a senior U.S. protection official quoted by AP on March 15 stated Russian troops have been nonetheless about 15 kilometers from the middle of the capital.

The official, who spoke on the situation of anonymity, stated the Russians have been utilizing long-range hearth to hit civilian targets inside Kyiv with rising frequency however that their floor forces have been making little to no progress across the nation.

The town remained beneath a 35-hour curfew early on March 16. Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko introduced the restriction the day earlier than, warning that as Russian forces step up their strikes and shut in on the capital it faces a “troublesome and harmful second.”

Battles additionally proceed to rage in Mariupol and different cities, together with Kharkhiv and Mykolayiv.

Russian naval ships in a single day fired on a city close to Mariupol on the Sea of Azov and one other close to Odesa on the Black Sea, in line with native officers.

Zelenskiy, previewing his speech to the U.S. Congress, thanked President Joe Biden and “all the chums of Ukraine” for $13.6 billion in new help.

He’s anticipated to enchantment for extra weapons and extra sanctions to punish Russia and repeat his name to “shut the skies over Ukraine to Russian missiles and planes.”

In a video deal with to the nation, he stated Russian forces have been unable to maneuver deeper into Ukrainian territory on March 15 however continued their heavy shelling of cities.

He added that almost 29,000 civilians had been in a position to flee by humanitarian corridors previously days however stated the Russians refuse to permit support into Mariupol.

WATCH: Whereas embedded with Ukrainian troops, Present Time journalists Borys Sachalko and Ivan Lyubysh-Kirdey got here beneath hearth throughout a Russian artillery assault.

Zelenskiy informed European leaders gathered in London on March 15 that he realized NATO has no intention of accepting Ukraine.

“We have now heard for a few years concerning the open doorways, however we additionally heard that we won’t enter these doorways,” he stated. “That is the reality, and we’ve got merely to just accept it as it’s.”

Zelenskiy has beforehand stated he realizes NATO is not going to supply membership to Ukraine and that he might think about a impartial standing for his nation however wants sturdy safety ensures from each the West and Russia.

With reporting by AP, Reuters, and AFP
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