Russian-Ukrainian talks to resume amid Moscow advance: Live News | Russo-Ukrainian War

  • A new round of talks between Russian and Ukrainian officials will resume on Tuesday.
  • More than 4,000 people were evacuated from frontline Ukrainian towns on Monday, the country’s Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk said.
  • Vereshchuk accuses Russian forces of shooting civilians in the kyiv region.
  • Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has sought to extend martial law in the country for another 30 days starting March 24.
  • UN humanitarian chief Martin Griffiths confirms an additional $40 million will be allocated to respond to the “dark and growing crisis” in Ukraine.
  • Senior US official expressed ‘deep’ concern over China alignment with Russia.
  • A Fox News correspondent was injured near kyiv and hospitalized, the channel said.
(Al Jazeera)

Here are the latest updates:

Efforts Continue to Restore External Power to Chernobyl Power Plant, Ukraine Tells IAEA

Ukraine has informed the UN nuclear watchdog that efforts are continuing to restore external electricity supply to the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said in a statement.

On Sunday, teams of Ukrainian specialists repaired one of two damaged power lines connecting the site to the grid, IAEA Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi said.

The agency also said it was aware of reports that Russian forces had carried out munitions explosions at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant and was “seeking information on the situation” from Ukraine.

MENA region faces food shortages during war in Ukraine (WFP spokesperson)

Countries in the Middle East and North Africa are facing food shortages as the conflict in Ukraine continues, a World Food Program (WFP) spokesperson has said.

Ukraine and Russia are the world’s leading wheat exporters, with Lebanon depending on Ukrainian wheat for up to 50% of its supply, compared to 42% for Tunisia and 22% for Yemen, Shaza Moghraby said.

“It will definitely have a ripple effect. And you know, this comes at a time when we were warning of unprecedented hunger,” Moghraby told Al Jazeera. “It couldn’t come at a worse time.”

Putin unlikely to bring NATO into war: US analyst

Russian President Vladimir Putin is unlikely to incite NATO forces to go to war in Ukraine as Russian forces continue to suffer from logistical and organizational failures, said Lauren Speranza, director of the Center for European Policy Analysis at Washington, DC.

“I think he would be reluctant to completely escalate this war to bring in NATO,” Speranza told Al Jazeera. “There is no successful political or military endgame for Russia.”

A war involving NATO “would be disastrous for Mr. Putin, perhaps even more so than the war that is already unfolding in Ukraine”, she added.

Ukrainian president wants to extend martial law

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has submitted a bill to parliament to extend martial law for 30 days starting March 24, according to the president’s website.

Zelenskyy declared martial law on February 24, the day Russia launched its full invasion of Ukraine. Learn more about what measurement entails here.

Russia temporarily bans sugar and wheat exports

Russia’s prime minister has signed a decree banning the export of white and raw sugar until August 31 to neighboring states of the Eurasian Economic Union, according to a government statement.

The statement said Russia will also ban exports of wheat, rye, barley and corn until June 30.

US Defense Secretary adds Bulgaria to Europe trip

US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin is adding a stop in Bulgaria to a trip to Europe focused on supporting NATO allies as war rages in Ukraine, the Pentagon has said.

Austin will leave for Brussels on Tuesday, where he will attend a NATO meeting before heading to Slovakia. In Bulgaria, Austin will meet with military and civilian leaders, he said, without giving further details on his schedule.

Bulgaria, Moscow’s closest Cold War ally, is now a European Union and NATO member state that has condemned Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

More than 4,000 evacuees from frontline towns (Ukrainian Deputy PM)

Ukraine was able to evacuate more than 4,000 people from frontline towns on Monday via seven humanitarian corridors, Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk said in a video statement.

She said three other humanitarian corridors had not worked successfully, and she accused Russian forces of firing on civilians evacuating in the Kyiv area.

Russia has repeatedly denied shooting at civilians.

Fox News correspondent injured in Ukraine

A Fox News correspondent was injured and hospitalized on Monday while covering the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the US broadcaster said.

Benjamin Hall, a Briton who covers the US State Department for Fox News, was injured while “gathering information outside kyiv”, Fox News said in a statement.

“We have a minimal level of detail at this time, but Ben is hospitalized and our teams on the ground are working to gather additional information,” he said.

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World Bank approves additional financing of $200 million for Ukraine

The World Bank announced that it is making available nearly $200 million in additional and reprogrammed financing to strengthen Ukraine’s social services for vulnerable people, in addition to the $723 million approved last week.

The funding is part of a $3 billion package of support the World Bank previously announced for Ukraine over the coming months.

Can the UAE be a haven for Russian oligarchs?

The United Arab Emirates (UAE), and in particular the emirate of Dubai, has a reputation for being a playground for the wealthy, and one who doesn’t ask too many questions about how the wealth was obtained.

This is set to continue, despite mounting pressure from the West to squeeze Russia financially – turning the UAE into an even more attractive proposition for wealthy Russians seeking a safe haven for their wealth, and undermining efforts to to force Russia to withdraw from its invasion of Ukraine. .

Learn more here.

US official voices ‘deep’ concern over China’s alignment with Russia

US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan voiced ‘deep’ concerns about China’s alignment with Russia during ‘intense’ seven-hour talk with China’s top diplomat, Yang Jiechi , a senior Biden administration official said.

In a statement, the White House said the two men discussed a range of issues in US-China relations, “with substantial discussion of Russia’s war against Ukraine.”

“They also stressed the importance of maintaining open lines of communication between the United States and China,” he said.

Welcome to Al Jazeera’s continuing coverage of the Ukraine-Russia crisis.

Read all the updates from Monday March 14 here.

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