|The prime ministers of the Czech Republic, Poland and Slovenia traveled by train to Kyiv, Ukraine’s capital, on Tuesday to express the European Union’s support for Ukraine. Next week, President Biden will travel to Brussels to attend a special NATO meeting about the war.|
The Tuesday visit comes as fighting raged around the city. Blasts shook Kyiv at dawn, killing at least four people, the mayor said.
Russia’s advance remains stalled on several fronts as Ukrainian forces repel attacks in parts of the east and the south. But the Russian Defense Ministry claimed to have captured the entire Kherson region, after seizing the main city two weeks ago.
Ukrainian resistance: The move possibly strengthens Russia’s ability to push west toward Mykolaiv, a strategic port city where the morgue is already overflowing. Our correspondent and photographer reported from Mykolaiv on a “refusal to succumb” by Ukrainian fighters and residents.
The regional governor, Vitaliy Kim, predicted that any Russian effort to take Mykolaiv would lead to a bloody firefight. Residents have piled tires and incendiary bombs on every street corner. It would be apocalyptic, Kim said.
Talks between Russian and Ukrainian negotiators resumed on Tuesday, presenting a narrow path to a diplomatic resolution.
China’s top diplomat urged international support for the talks.
President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine will address the U.S. Congress in a virtual speech today.
India said it is in talks with Russia about increasing oil imports.
As evacuations from Mariupol continue, officials there are struggling to count the dead, which officially number close to 2,400.
The Russian government might pay foreign debt obligations in rubles because of sanctions. Credit rating agencies say a default is imminent.
Friday, February 03, 2023