Russian forces keep up attacks in Ukraine as two sides hold talks
   Date :15-Mar-2022

Ukrainian firefighters
 Ukrainian firefighters and soldiers search in an apartment building after it was hit by artillery shelling in Kyiv on Monday. (AP/PTI)
By Yuras Karmanau :
Talks ended without a breakthrough after several hours as the negotiators took “a technical pause” and planned to meet again today 
LVIV (Ukraine), RUSSIAN and Ukrainian negotiators held a new round of talks on Monday as Russia’s military forces bombarded Kyiv and other cities across Ukraine with a punishing assault that the Red Cross said has created “nothing short of a nightmare” for the country’s civilians. After an airstrike on a military base near the Polish border brought the war dangerously close to NATO’s doorstep, the talks raised hopes for progress in evacuating civilians from besieged Ukrainian cities and getting emergency supplies to areas without enough food, water and medicine. “Everyone is waiting for news,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said in a new video address on the 19th day of the war.
The negotiations, which took place by video conference, were the fourth round involving higher-level officials from the two countries and the first held in a week. Previous discussions, held in person in Belarus, did not produce lasting humanitarian routes or agreements to end the fighting in Ukraine. The two sides expressed some optimism in the past few days. Ukrainian presidential aide Mykhailo Podolyak said over the weekend that Russia was “listening carefully to our proposals.” He tweeted on Monday that the negotiators would discuss “peace, ceasefire, immediate withdrawal of troops &; security guarantees.” The talks ended without a breakthrough after several hours. Podolyak said the negotiators took “a technical pause” and planned to meet again on Tuesday.
Air raid alerts sounded in cities and towns all around the country overnight, from near the Russian border in the east to the Carpathian Mountains in the west, as fighting continued on the outskirts of Kyiv. Ukrainian officials said Russian forces shelled several suburbs of the capital, a major political and strategic target for their invasion. Ukrainian authorities said two people died and seven were injured after Russian forces struck an airplane factory in Kyiv, sparking a large fire.