Ukraine Update: In Talks With Russia, Kyiv Is Seeking A Cease-fire Agreement

In talks with Russian negotiators beginning Tuesday in Turkey, Ukraine aims for a cease-fire agreement and sets a “minimum” goal of improving the humanitarian situation that has forced millions of people to flee their homes in the aftermath of Moscow’s invasion, according to Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba. According to the mayor of Mariupol, Russia’s siege of the southern city has killed around 5,000 people. President Volodymyr Zelensky announced that Ukraine’s forces has retaken the town of Irpin west of Kyiv from Russian soldiers. President Joe Biden said his remarks over the weekend that Russia’s Vladimir Putin could not stay in office reflected his “moral anger,” not that the US had launched a regime-change agenda.

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NATO allies are divided on whether or not to speak with Putin.

With the war now in its second month, a number of conundrums are emerging about which conditions Ukraine will accept in exchange for any agreement, particularly in terms of the security guarantees alliance members would be able to provide Kyiv. According to persons involved with recent discussions between officials on both sides of the Atlantic and documents reviewed by Bloomberg, there are also disagreements over what further weapons to provide Ukraine and whether or not talking to Putin is beneficial. France and Germany believe that a cease-fire should be negotiated as soon as possible, followed by the evacuation of Russian troops. According to one of the documents, other NATO countries fear that the dialogue that Paris and Berlin are having with the Kremlin is fruitless and could play into Putin’s hands.

To avoid Russian skies, the world’s longest passenger flight is taking off.

In what would be the world’s longest commercial passenger flight by distance, Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd. proposes to reroute its New York-Hong Kong service to avoid Russian airspace. It will take around 17 hours to complete. Several airlines have devised plans to circumvent Russia, primarily between Asia and Europe. Given the high costs of high oil prices, as well as the uncertainty over Russian airspace accessibility, such flight adjustments are likely to be transitory.

Over Russia’s War in Ukraine, the Space Station is in the spotlight.

Will Russia react by destroying the International Space Station as a result of sanctions imposed by the United States and its allies? Nobody knows, but it’s a possibility. “I believe this is the greatest challenge the international collaboration has ever faced,” says Ron Garan, a former NASA astronaut who spent five months onboard the station in 2011. The greatest and most complicated multinational project ever, a $100 billion testimony to human creativity and cross-border cooperation, is in jeopardy. The 490-ton assembly has been continuously occupied for 21 years, a record in manned spaceflight and more than 100 scientific experiments are running at any given time.

Stocks Rise on Hopes of a Fire Ban

Asian equities advanced on Tuesday, buoyed by a drop in oil prices and the prospect of fresh cease-fire talks between Russia and Ukraine. Short-term Treasuries were drained by bets on strong monetary tightening in the United States. On concerns that China’s mobility restrictions against Covid will sap demand, oil prices continued to fall, with West Texas Intermediate crude falling to around $105 a barrel.

Australia is preparing to impose its first Magnitsky-style sanctions.

In a statement, Foreign Minister Marise Payne said Australia would impose sanctions and travel bans on roughly 40 Russians it said were responsible for the corruption that lawyer “Sergei Magnitsky discovered and those complicit in his subsequent abuse and death.” Meanwhile, Japan has expanded its existing export bans against Russia to encompass luxury products such as vehicles, fur, jewelry, tobacco, cosmetics, and artwork. The change will take effect on April 5, according to the trade ministry.

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The US sees no evidence that Asian companies are evading sanctions.

“Major players understand that if they don’t comply, there’s a considerable danger to their business because of the various actions we may take,” Matthew Borman, the Department of Commerce’s deputy assistant secretary for export administration, said in a teleconference. According to estimates, hundreds of corporations have stopped doing business in and with Russia.

According to Zelenskiy, Kyiv forces have retaken the town.

President Volodymyr Zelensky announced in his daily video address that Ukraine’s forces has retaken the town of Irpin west of Kyiv from Russian soldiers. “Our defenders are going ahead in the Kyiv region, restoring control of Ukrainian territory,” President Petro Poroshenko remarked. According to him, fighting is still going on in the area, and the southern port city of Mariupol is still closed.

Ukraine is attempting to resolve, at the very least, humanitarian issues.

The “minimum” goal for Ukraine’s negotiators in two days of negotiations with Russia in Istanbul, which begin Tuesday, would be to resolve humanitarian difficulties, according to Kuleba. He stated that the ultimate goal is a stable cease-fire deal. “We’re looking forward to the two delegations’ dialogue to see if the Russians will come to these negotiations prepared to truly agree on something, or if they’ll just rehash their demands,” Kuleba added. “The sides will disperse in the same way they arrived,” he predicted in the latter case.

The cyberattack on Ukraine’s telecommunications company has been ‘neutralized.’

According to Yurii Shchyhol, head of Ukraine’s State Service of Special Communication and Information Protection, a major hack against Ukraine’s telecommunications infrastructure has been “neutralized,” and service is gradually being restored. Ukrtelecom is temporarily limiting its services to most individual users and commercial clients in order to prioritize the country’s armed forces, according to officials. On Monday, the company NetBlocks claimed a “significant” outage across Ukraine, claiming that connection had dropped to 13% of pre-invasion levels.

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