Russia’s invasion of Ukraine: List of key events from day 26

As the Russia-Ukraine war enters its 26th day, we take a look at the main developments.

These are the key events so far on Monday, March 21. Get the latest updates here.

Fighting

  • Russia has shelled houses and a shopping area in Kyiv’s Podil district, killing at least four people, city authorities say.
  • An official in Odesa says Russia has started using “unmanned aerial vehicles in urban areas”.
  • Ukraine and its Western backers say Russian ground forces have not advanced much in the past week, concentrating instead on artillery and missile attacks – often into urban centres.
  • Iryna Vereshchuk, Ukraine’s deputy prime minister, has rejected a Russian call for Ukrainian forces in Mariupol to lay down their arms.
  • UK defence ministry says Russian forces advancing from Crimea are trying to go around Mykolaiv as they attempt to get to Odesa.
  • Dmytro Zhyvytskyy, governor of Sumy, says the villages of Novoselytsya and Verkhnya Syrovatka have been contaminated by an ammonia leak at a chemical plant in the northeastern part of the city besieged by Russian troops.

Diplomacy

  • Russian and Ukrainian negotiators will continue with their online talks on Monday, according to the Ukrainska Pravda.
  • Turkey’s foreign minister says Russia and Ukraine are nearing agreement on “critical” issues and he is hopeful for a ceasefire if the two sides did not backtrack.
  • European Union foreign ministers will meet on Monday to start discussing imposing tougher sanctions on Russia, including an oil embargo.
  • US President Joe Biden arrives in Brussels on Thursday for summits with the 30 members of NATO, the EU, and in a Group of Seven (G7) format including Japan.

3.3 million refugees

  • More than 3.3 million refugees have fled Ukraine since the invasion and nearly 6.5 million are thought to be internally displaced within the country, the UN refugee agency has said.
  • The First Lady of Ukraine, Olena Zelenska, has called on the World Council of Churches to help organise “real” humanitarian corridors.

You can read key moments from Day 25 here.

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