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Newsline: Ukraine’s Top Diplomat Says Russian Talks Fruitless So Far

Ukraine’s top diplomat pushed back on the suggestion of “positive movement” in talks with Russia cited earlier by President Vladimir Putin, saying there’s been “zero progress.” (https://finance.yahoo.com/news/ukraine-russia-directs-strikes-cities-081934526.html) About 2.5 million Ukrainians have fled the country, with a majority crossing over to Poland. Two cities in western Ukraine, far from the site of fighting to date, were hit by airstrikes overnight. Russia’s Defense Ministry said it destroyed airfields at Ivano-Frankivsk and Lutsk via long-distance strikes. The Associated Press reported that new satellite photos appear to show a massive Russian military convoy outside Kyiv has scattered into nearby towns and forests. The EU has proposed to double the size of its European Peace Facility, which provides weapons to Ukraine. It also disbursed 300 million euros in macro-financial aid, with more to come. The U.S. will ban imports of Russian caviar and vodka in its latest effort to pressure the Kremlin.

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