Zelensky urges meaningful talks with Russia

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has on Saturday called for meaningful peace and security talks “without delay” with Moscow.

He said it was Russia’s only chance to limit the damage from its “mistakes” in the wake of its invasion.

“This is the only chance for Russia to reduce the damage from its own mistakes,” Zelensky said in his nightly video address.

“It’s time to meet, it’s time to talk, it’s time to restore territorial integrity and justice for Ukraine.

“Otherwise, Russia’s losses will be such that you will need several generations to recover.”

He added that it was time to talk, saying “otherwise, Russia’s losses will be such that [it] will need several generations to recover”

In the embattled town of Mariupol, its mayor confirmed Russian reports that fighting had reached the centre of the city. More than 80% of the city’s residential buildings are said to be either damaged or destroyed since Russia bombardment began

Hundreds are still trapped in the basement of the theatre in Mariupol which was bombed by Russia on Thursday

Ukraine President Zelensky said Russian shelling has prevented city authorities from establishing effective humanitarian corridors to the besieged city

In Moscow, thousands attended a rally addressed by President Putin to celebrate eight years since the annexation of Crimea. “We’ll definitely carry out all the plans we have made,” Putin told the crowd. His address, however, cut off abruptly on state TV in what Kremlin called a technical glitch

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