Talks between Russian and Ukrainian officials have began on the Belarusian border as diplomatic isolation and economic sanctions on Russia deepen four days after invading Ukraine.
Talks began on Monday with Ukraine calling for an immediate ceasefire and the withdrawal of Russian forces.
Russia has been cagier, with the Kremlin declining to comment on Moscow’s aim in negotiations
It was not clear whether any progress could be achieved after President Vladimir Putin on Thursday launched the assault and put Russia’s nuclear deterrent on high alert on Sunday.
Below are the key moments from Monday, February 28, the fifth day of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine:
Blasts in Kyiv
Blasts were heard in Ukraine’s capital Kyiv and in the second-biggest city of Kharkiv in the morning, Ukrainian officials said, while a residential building in the city of Chernihiv in northern Ukraine was on fire after being struck by a missile.
Ukraine says Russian troops ‘reduced pace’
The Ukrainian military said that Russian troops had slowed down “the pace of the offensive”.
Moscow gains in the south
However, the Russians made headway in the south, with Kyiv admitting that the Black Sea city of Berdyansk had fallen, with Kherson on the other side of Crimea also besieged.
Talks between Russian and Ukrainian officials began on the Belarusian border.