Russia-Ukraine talks come to nothing as bombardment of cities continues.


Russian and Ukrainian foreign ministers failed to make any progress Thursday in their first face-to-face meeting since the Russian invasion began two weeks ago, while Russian bombardments spread more carnage, having caused an estimated $100 billion in damage so far.

The fighting has deepened the suffering in Ukraine, where more than two million have fled, including 80,000 people in the past two days who used “humanitarian corridors” to escape areas surrounding Ukraine’s capital, Kyiv, and the northeastern city of Sumy.

Vice President Kamala Harris, in Warsaw to meet with Polish officials, said that Russia should be investigated for possible war crimes in Ukraine. “I have no question the eyes of the world are on this war and what Russia has done in terms of the aggression and these atrocities,” she said.

New satellite images on Thursday showed Russia’s military convoy near Kyiv has largely dispersed and redeployed, with some vehicles now near the village of Lubyanka, about 30 miles northwest of the capital.

Here are the day’s major developments:

  • Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba of Ukraine and his Russian counterpart, Sergey V. Lavrov, met in the Turkish resort city of Antalya. “The broad narrative he conveyed to me,” Mr. Kuleba said afterward, “is that they will continue their aggression until Ukraine meets their demands, and the least of these demands is surrender.”

  • Russian forces continued their siege of the embattled port city of Mariupol, a day after a maternity hospital bombing that a Ukrainian official said killed three people, including a 6-year-old. Conditions remained dire in the city, where people are struggling to find food and water and the authorities have been burying the dead in mass graves.

  • The British government imposed sanctions on seven Russian oligarchs, including Roman Abramovich, the owner of the Chelsea soccer club, and Oleg Deripaska, a billionaire aluminum magnate with ties to Mr. Putin.

  • The latest wave of businesses suspending or pulling out of Russia includes Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase, the Japanese clothing company that operates Uniqlo and the construction equipment-maker Caterpillar. The New York Times is tracking the exits, which have largely undone 30 years of economic integration with the West.

  • In response to the latest wave of business retreats, Russia’s president, Vladimir V. Putin, said he was considering nationalizing the assets of those companies. Jen Psaki, the White House press secretary, said that if Russia seized those assets, it would “ultimately result in even more economic pain for Russia.”

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