Russia-Ukraine Crisis Live Updates: Russia Says Ready For Talks If Ukraine “Lays Down Arms”
Russia-Ukraine Crisis Updates: Russian air strikes hit military installations across the country as ground forces moved in from the north, south and east, forcing many Ukrainians to flee their homes to the sounds of bombing.
Russian today said that Moscow was ready for talks if Ukraine’s military surrendered and insisted that the invading forces were looking to free the country from “oppression”.
Moscow had said its first day of the Ukraine invasion had achieved all its goals and that it had destroyed 83 land-based Ukrainian targets. According to official reports, Russia had carried out 203 attacks on its western neighbour since the beginning of the day.
Ukrainian forces battled Russian invaders on three sides on Thursday after Moscow mounted an assault by land, sea and air in the biggest attack on a European state since the second World War.
The attack triggered Western warnings of unprecedented sanctions against Russia as NATO, EU and G7 leaders condemned the invasion and vowed to hold Moscow accountable.
Ukraine Crisis: Pope Meets Russian Envoy To Express “Concern Over War”
Pope Francis met the Russian ambassador to the Holy See “to express his concern for the war” following the Kremlin’s invasion of Ukraine, the Vatican press office said today. Francis, head of the Roman Catholic Church, met Alexander Avdeev at the embassy in Rome and stayed for just over half an hour, the press office said.