Ukrainian officials had projected a more optimistic tone for the talks than on previous, fruitless occasions. Shortly before 5 p.m. local time Monday, Mykhailo Podolyak, a Ukrainian negotiator and presidential adviser said in a message posted on Twitter that the talks had taken a “technical pause” until Tuesday, adding: “Negotiations continue.”
Meanwhile, in a letter to U.S. lawmakers, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) said Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky will deliver a virtual joint address to Congress on Wednesday. “Congress, our country and the world are in awe of the people of Ukraine,” they wrote.
Here’s what to know
- Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk said Monday officials would attempt to evacuate civilians through 10 humanitarian corridors, around Kyiv and the eastern Luhansk region. Meanwhile, Mikhail Mizintsev, the head of the Russian National Defense Control Center, said Ukrainian authorities had agreed to three out of 10 corridors proposed by Russia and also claimed Russia had agreed to 11 humanitarian corridors proposed by the Ukrainian side. In recent days, efforts around humanitarian corridors have faltered and Ukrainian officials have accused Russian forces of shelling such routes.
- Ukrainian authorities were also trying to facilitate the movement of a humanitarian convoy carrying food and medicines to Mariupol that was unable to reach the city Sunday because of intense fighting.
- Ukrainian officials said an American journalist, Brent Renaud, was fatally shot while reporting outside Kyiv.
- What questions do you have about the war in Ukraine? A team of Post reporters is answering your questions on Monday.
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