A desperately needed delivery of aid and the evacuation of civilians from the besieged Ukrainian city of Mariupol remain in doubt following reports of continued Russian interference.
The site operator says the exit comes after soldiers got "significant doses" of radiation from digging trenches at the highly contaminated site.
Heavy fighting raged on the outskirts of Kyiv and other zones amid indications the Kremlin is using talk of de-escalation as cover while regrouping and resupplying its forces and redeploying them for a stepped-up offensive in eastern Ukraine.
A convoy of buses is headed to Mariupol in another attempt to evacuate people from the besieged port city.
Ukrainian officials say Russian forces pounded areas around Ukraine's capital and another city overnight.
Russia's deputy defense minister said that Moscow has decided to "fundamentally ... cut back" operations near the capital and another major city to "increase mutual trust" at talks aimed at ending the fighting.
Ukrainian forces claim to have retaken a Kyiv suburb and an eastern town from the Russians in what is becoming a back-and-forth stalemate on the ground, while negotiators are assembling for another round of talks on Tuesday.
With its aspirations for a quick victory dashed by a stiff Ukrainian resistance, Russia has increasingly focused on grinding down Ukraine's military in the east in the hope of forcing Kyiv into surrendering part of the country's territory to end…
Ukraine's president says the country could declare neutrality and offer security guarantees to Russia to secure peace "without delay" in talks expected to resume Tuesday.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy accused the West of cowardice as his country fights to stave off Russia’s invading troops, making an exasperated plea for fighter jets and tanks to sustain a defense as the war ground into a battle of…
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