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faint hope for peace deal, Washington mulls boosting military aid

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At 35and the day of the Russian invasion, the Kremlin dashed hopes of decisive progress in the peace negotiations. “At this time, we cannot report anything very promising or any breakthrough. There is a lot of work to be done”said Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov. However, he qualified as “positive” the fact that the Ukrainian side has “finally started to formulate concrete proposals and put them in writing”.

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► Western countries skeptical about the progress of the talks

Western leaders are skeptical after the announcement of the progress of talks between kyiv and Moscow. France does not see “no breakthrough” in the Russian-Ukrainian negotiations or “novelty” in the situation in Ukraine, declared the head of French diplomacy on Wednesday evening.

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has called for “continue to intensify the sanctions” against Russia until the withdrawal of all Russian soldiers. “We cannot expect the G7 to lift the sanctions just because there is a ceasefire,” he told a parliamentary committee earlier today.. “We should continue to intensify the sanctions (…) until everyone” Russian soldiers either “outside Ukraine”.

► Washington is considering additional military capabilities

US President Joe Biden who spoke with his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky discussed military capabilities “additional” necessary to help the Ukrainian army. “Leaders spoke about how the United States is working day and night to meet Ukraine’s key requests for security assistance”said the US executive after a 55-minute call between the two presidents.

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► Violent explosions in kyiv and Chernihiv

Despite Russian promises, many strikes were heard overnight from Tuesday to Wednesday, even in the city center of the Ukrainian capital. Anti-aircraft alarms sounded again in the morning. At least 200 residents of Irpin, a town in the northwest suburbs of Kyiv the scene of fierce fighting, have been killed since the start of the Russian invasion, according to the town’s mayor, Oleksandr Markushin.

The city Chernihiv was also a victim of bombardment ” All night long ” by artillery and aircraftsannounced the governor of the region, specifying that civil infrastructures had been destroyed and that the city was still without water or electricity.

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, spoke on Wednesday “war crimes” committed in Ukraine in a long indictment of actions carried out mainly by the Russian army.

► A building of the Red Cross bombed in Mariupol

A building of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) was the target of Russian bombardments in Mariupol, a besieged strategic port in southeastern Ukraine. “Occupants deliberately shelled an ICRC building in Mariupol”said Lioudmyla Denisova, in charge of human rights at the Ukrainian Parliament. “At the moment, we have no information about the victims”she added, without specifying how many people could have been in the building at the time of the shootings.

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The day before, Vladimir Putin had demanded that the “nationalists” Ukrainians in Mariupol “lay down their arms” in order to “Find a solution to the humanitarian situation”, according to a Kremlin press release published after an exchange with Emmanuel Macron.

According to local authorities, more than 80% of Mariupol’s infrastructure is destroyed or damaged. At least 5,000 people are believed to have died in the beleaguered port city as the Russians advance through the city center. Negotiations to establish a humanitarian corridor have not been successful.

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► Nearly 4 million registered refugees

The number of Ukrainian refugees who have fled their country since the invasion by the Russian army on February 24 passed the 4 million mark on Wednesday, according to figures from the High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). A total of 4,019,287 Ukrainians – mostly women and children – have left the country to flee the war started by Russia. Poland alone hosts more than 2.3 million.

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The World Food Program (WFP) said on Wednesday it was providing emergency food aid to one million people in Ukraine after Russian forces invaded that country.

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