Ukraine and Russia: What You Need to Know Right Now

 – Ukraine is willing to discuss becoming neutral as part of a peace deal, President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said as another top Ukrainian official accused Russia of aiming to carve the country in two. Read full story


* Russia is trying to split Ukraine in two to create a Moscow-controlled region after failing to take over the whole country, the head of Ukrainian military intelligence said. Read full story

* The Russian-backed eastern Ukrainian rebel region of Luhansk said it may hold a referendum on joining Russia, drawing a warning from Kyiv that any such vote would have no legal basis and trigger a strong international response. Read full story

* Russia continued its “full-scale armed aggression”, while Ukrainian forces had repulsed seven attacks in the eastern regions of Donetsk and Luhansk, the General Staff of Ukraine’s armed forces said.

* Ukraine‘s deputy prime minister said Russian forces were “militarising” an exclusion zone around the occupied Chernobyl power station. Read full story

* The disposition of Russian forces during the past 24 hours has seen no significant change, however Russia has gained more ground in the vicinity of Mariupol, British military intelligence said.


* The next round of face-to-face talks between Ukraine and Russia will take place in Turkey on March 28-30, a Ukrainian negotiator said on social media. Read full story

* Top American officials said the United States does not have a policy of regime change in Russia, ramping up efforts to clarify President Biden’s statement that President Putin “cannot remain in power”. Read full story

* French President Macron called for restraint in both words and actions in dealing with the Ukraine conflict, following Biden’s remarks. Read full story

* Germany’s decision to become more energy independent means it will have to accept higher energy costs, Chancellor Olaf Scholz said. Read full story


* The U.N. human rights office said 1,119 civilians had been killed and 1,790 wounded since Russia began its attack on Ukraine.Read full story

* Ukraine has asked the International Committee of the Red Cross not to open an office in Russia’s Rostov-on-Don, saying it would legitimise Moscow’s “humanitarian corridors” and the abduction and forced deportation of Ukranians.Read full story* Mourners crammed into the ornate Ukrainian Greek Catholic church in Lviv to bury Ukrainian soldiers. Read full story


* “The U.S. does not have a policy of regime change in Russia. Full stop.” Julianne Smith, U.S. ambassador to NATO.

(Compiled by Stephen Coates; Editing by Michael Perry)

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