Russia-Ukraine live updates: Russia and Ukraine getting closer agreeing on ‘critical’ issues

A mother embraces her son who escaped the besieged city of Mariupol and arrived at the train station in Lviv.Bernat Armangue/The Associated Press

Here are the latest updates on the war in Ukraine:

  • Russia and Ukraine are getting closer to an agreement on “critical” issues and had nearly agreed on some subjects, according to the foreign minister of Turkey, which is helping to mediate peace talks.
  • Russia’s military bombed an art school sheltering some 400 people in the embattled port city of Mariupol. It was the second time in less than a week that city officials reported a public building where residents had taken shelter coming under attack.
  • Russia fired Kalibr cruise missiles from the Caspian Sea and hypersonic Kinzhal missiles from airspace of Crimea to destroy a fuel storage facility used by the Ukrainian military.
  • France’s finance minister said banning Russian oil and gas imports into the European Union remained an option for Paris, as sanctions continue to hurt Russia’s economy.

  • Rescuers work on the remains of a building damaged by shelling in Kharkiv, Ukraine.STRINGER/Reuters

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10:09 a.m. ET

Central Europe reaching capacity with influx of Ukrainian refugees

People walk beside tents after crossing the border from Ukraine to Poland at the border checkpoint in Medyka.FABRIZIO BENSCH/Reuters

Officials in Central Europe voiced concern on Sunday that they were reaching capacity to comfortably house some of the nearly 3.5 million refugees who have fled Ukraine

Most of the Ukrainians have arrived at border points in Poland, Slovakia, Romania and Hungary, putting pressure on the European Union countries now attempting to shelter them.

“The Czech Republic is balancing on the edge of capacities where we are able to provide comfortable living conditions,” said Czech Interior Minister Vit Rakusan during a television debate. “Living in gyms, sleeping bags, or campsites is not good for life.”

Ukraine’s Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk said seven humanitarian corridors would open on Sunday to enable civilians to leave frontline areas.

More than 2 million Ukrainians have crossed into Poland since the invasion by Russia. Warsaw officials say this has increased the Polish capital’s population of 1.8 million by 17 per cent.

Reuters


9:30 a.m. ET

Russia and Ukraine getting closer agreeing on “critical” issues

Russia and Ukraine are getting closer to an agreement on “critical” issues and had nearly agreed on some subjects, according to the foreign minister of Turkey, which is helping to mediate peace talks.

Mevlut Cavusoglu also said he was hopeful for a ceasefire if the sides don’t take a step back from the progress they have made toward an agreement.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Saturday that Moscow expected its operation in Ukraine to end with the signing of a comprehensive agreement on security issues, including Ukraine’s neutral status, Interfax reported.

Kyiv and Moscow reported some progress in talks last week toward a political formula that would guarantee Ukraine’s security, while keeping it outside NATO.

Reuters


8:24 a.m. ET

France mulls energy sanctions against Russia

Sanctions against Russia over its war in Ukraine are hurting its economy and President Vladimir Putin, France’s finance minister said on Sunday, adding that banning Russian oil and gas imports into the European Union remained an option for Paris.

“They’re hurting the Russian state and they’re hurting Vladimir Putin,” Bruno Le Maire told LCI television in an interview.

“Should we in the immediate stop buying Russian oil, should a little bit further down the line we stop importing Russian gas? The president has never ruled out these options.”

Reuters


7:51 a.m. ET

Russia announces first use of hypersonic missiles

Russia fired Kalibr cruise missiles from the Caspian Sea and hypersonic Kinzhal (Dagger) missiles from airspace of Crimea, the peninsula Russia annexed from Ukraine in 2014, to destroy a fuel storage facility used by the Ukrainian military, according to a Russian spokesman.

Russia also hit a Ukrainian military preparation center where foreign fighters joining Kyiv’s forces were based.

Hypersonic missiles travel at speeds akin to ballistic missiles but are difficult to shoot down because of their maneuverability.

Reuters


6:43 a.m. ET

Russian assault on Mariupol continues as forces advance

Ukrainian authorities said Sunday that Russia’s military bombed an art school sheltering some 400 people in the embattled port city of Mariupol.

It was the second time in less than a week that city officials reported a public building where residents had taken shelter coming under attack. A bomb hit a Mariupol theater with more than 1,300 believed to be inside on Wednesday.

There was no immediate word on casualties from the reported strike on the art school, which The Associated Press could not independently verify. Ukrainian officials have not given an update on the search of the theater since Friday, when they said at least 130 had been rescued.

Mariupol, a strategic port on the Azov Sea, has been under bombardment for at least three weeks and has seen some of the worst horrors of the war in Ukraine. At least 2,300 people have died, some of whom had to be buried in mass graves, and food, water and electricity have run low.

The Associated Press


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