- The invasion of Ukraine by Russian troops under the command of Vladimir Putin has continued to raise concern among leaders across the globe
- Various countries have already announced plans to sanction the Russian government's use of the military against Ukraine
- Amid all the sanctions, Russian and Ukrainian delegations on Monday, February 28, began peace talks
Russian and Ukrainian delegations on Monday, February 28, began peace talks since President Vladimir Putin ordered his troops to invade Ukraine last week.
Representatives of the two countries met at the Belarusian-Ukrainian border for the first talks. It was gathered that the main goal of the meeting was to discuss ceasefire and the end of combat actions on the Ukrainian territory.
Legit.ng lists the latest developments after the peace talks, according to The Asean Post:
1. Kyiv braces
Satellite images show a vast military column amassing just north of the Ukrainian capital Kyiv, where residents are braced for a Russian assault.
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The Russian army tells residents they can “freely leave” the capital on one highway going south as it hints of attacks on civilian areas.
UN’s refugee agency says almost 520,000 people have fled Ukraine in the last five days, with tens of thousands more displaced inside the country, NDTV added.
According to Kyiv, 52 civilians have been killed, including 14 children, since the invasion began on Thursday.
3. War crimes
International Criminal Court prosecutor Karim Khan says he is investigating the “situation in Ukraine”, saying there is a “reasonable basis” to believe “war crimes and crimes against humanity have been committed” since 2014.
4. Turkey blocks warships
Turkey blocks warships from the Bosphorus and Dardanelles strait, limiting the movement of Russian and other naval assets by invoking a 1936 treaty.
5. Talks to continue
Negotiators from Ukraine and Russia ended the first round of talks with no breakthrough. Both sides agreed to conduct a second round “soon”.
The EU adds more Putin allies to its sanctions blacklist, including Kremlin mouthpiece Dmitry Peskov and oligarchs Igor Sechin, Alisher Usmanov, Petr Aven and Mikhail Fridman.
6. Putin’s demands
In a call with French President Emmanuel Macron, Russian leader Vladimir Putin demands the “demilitarisation and denazification” of Ukraine and that the West recognise his annexation of Crimea.
7. Social media curb
Twitter and Facebook have made moves to curb the online presence of Russian state-linked news outlets.
8. Ban from sports
Russia has been expelled from the 2022 World Cup and its teams were suspended from all international football competitions “until further notice”, according to FIFA and UEFA.
The International Olympic Committee also urged sports federations to ban Russian and Belarusian athletes in protest of the invasion.
9. Russians expelled
The United States moves to expel 12 members of Russia’s UN mission from America for being “intelligence operatives”.
10. Nuclear fear
The head of the UN atomic energy watchdog, the IAEA, expresses “grave concern” that invading Russian troops are operating close to Zaporizhzhia, the largest nuclear power station in Ukraine.
11. No Hollywood films
Disney and Sony Pictures stop the release of their films in Russian cinemas because of its invasion of Ukraine.
12. More sanctions
The US and Canada ban all transactions with Russia’s central bank in an unprecedented sanction.
Outcome revealed as Ukraine-Russia talks end
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky's adviser, Mikhaylo Podolyak, said the talks between delegations from Russia and Ukraine had ended.
He said the two parties had returned to their capitals for consultations.
Podolyak noted that the main goal of the meeting was to discuss ceasefire and the end of combat actions on the Ukrainian territory.
He added that the two parties have "determined the topics where certain decisions were mapped out."