President Volodymyr Gelenskiz says he is ready to drop the NATO application in exchange for guarantees for a ceasefire, Russia’s withdrawal and security for Ukraine.
– This is a compromise for everyone. Zelenskyj said in an interview with Ukrainian television channels that the West does not know what to do with us on the NATO issue, Ukraine wants security guarantees, and Russia does not want to expand NATO further.
Earlier, the President Slowly opened to discuss Ukraine wants to join NATO.
Zelensky also reiterated his call for direct talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“Without a meeting with Putin, it will not be possible to understand whether Russia wants to end the war,” he said.
He said Kiev was ready to discuss the situation in the eastern Donbass region, which is controlled by Crimea and pro-Russian separatists, and that steps have been taken to end the war and provide security guarantees.
The BBC reports that the Ukrainian military said on Tuesday morning that Russia had increased its presence in Ukrainian airspace in the past 24 hours.
The mayor of Boryspil, located near the Boryspil International Airport just outside Kyiv, advises residents to leave the city if possible.
– Mayor Volodymyr Borishenko says there is no reason to be in the city now because there are already fights in the surrounding area. Reuters.
The BBC reports that President Zhelensky said last night that Ukraine had been able to contain Russian forces.
Ukraine’s Ministry of Defense says a Russian plane has been shot down by Ukrainian forces in the Kharkiv region. Two helicopters and six drones were reportedly shot down on the last day.
Ukraine also says it has withdrawn Russian invaders from the city of Makariv, 60 kilometers west of the capital Kiev.
The information was not verified independently.
The assassination attempt is said to have been thwarted
Ukrainian intelligence says it has arrested a group of Russian saboteurs involved in the assassination of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zhelensky.
The group of 25 people along the border between Ukraine, Slovakia and Hungary was led by an agent of Russia’s secret service, according to the Ukrainian news agency Union.
The plan is to pretend to be a member of the Ukrainian Armed Forces to get to the capital.
Messages cannot be verified independently.
The Ukrainian government has repeatedly claimed that Russian groups tried to reach Kiev to assassinate Selensky.
The Russian newspaper reports that 9861 soldiers were killed
The pro-Russian Russian newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda wrote on Monday that 9861 Russian soldiers have been killed so far during the invasion of Ukraine.
In addition, they said 16,153 people were injured.
Storavisen quoted the Russian Defense Ministry. After a while, the information in the article was changed.
The newspaper’s editor Vladimir Sungorkin says the opposite BBC That they have been hacked and will publish its description later.
The loss figures are significantly higher than previously released by Russian authorities. On March 2, they reported that 498 soldiers had been killed.
Ukrainian officials say more than 15,000 Russian soldiers have been killed in the war. U.S. officials estimate that about 7,000 Russian soldiers were killed.
Biden: Putin has been pushed into a corner
In a speech to U.S. business leaders on Monday, US President Joe Biden said the Russian president was now “pushed into a corner” and was considering using chemical and biological weapons in Ukraine.
He warned that there would be a backlash from the West if that happened.
Biden noted that Russia had recently accused the United States of stockpiling chemical and biological weapons in Europe.
– This is simply not true. I guarantee it. Russia also claims that Ukraine has biological and chemical weapons. This is a clear indication that he is considering using both, Biden said of Putin.
The risk of Russian cyber attacks is increasing
President Joe Biden has warned that the risk of Russian cyber-attacks on US companies is increasing.
– If you have not already done so, I urge companies in the private sector to immediately strengthen cyber security, says President Biden.
Biden says he has intelligence showing that Russian authorities are increasingly investigating the possibility of cyber-attacks in response to sanctions imposed after Russia’s occupation of Ukraine.
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