Negotiations stall in Turkey while Russia ‘sells’ a ceasefire in Mariupol

War diary, day 35. A jug of cold water after the hopes of Tuesday. Russia now says there is no progress after meeting Ukraine again on neutral Turkish soil. The reluctance of the US or France to yesterday’s optimism take a little more strength. The thing goes for a long time… although at the last minute it has been known that Russia offers and announces a ceasefire in Mariupol to evacuate civilians, without Ukrainian response.

And the attacks do not stop. New bombs are reported from Chernigov, as in kyiv, despite promises to reduce attacks made by the Kremlin. The clashes in Donbas that Putin so yearns for are also intensifying.

On the other hand, diplomacy continues to travel around the world by means of a videoconference (the one that Zelensky will have in the Congress of Deputies) or a telephone call, as today between him and Biden or those between Putin and Scholz and Draghi.

What has changed at the diplomatic level?

Unlike 24 hours earlier, today the Kremlin has seen no progress in diplomacy shifted to Turkey. “A fairly long job awaits us,” the Russian spokesman, Dmitri Peskov, has made clear. He sees, at least, positive elements, such as the fact that the Ukrainian side began to “formulate and put on paper” its proposals. “Until now we had not achieved it,” he assured.

What about Mariupol?

At the last minute, Russia has offered (and announced) a temporary ceasefire over the city, besieged since almost the beginning of the war, to evacuate the civilians who still resist. According to EFE, if Ukraine accepts the conditions, this temporary armistice will be declared at 10:00 am on Thursday, but the kyiv version remains to be seen.

And at the military level?

There are no big variations, but the offense continues. Chernigov Mayor Vladislav Atroshenko has accused Russian forces of carrying out a “colossal attack” hours after promising to “drastically” cease their offensive in the area. “Another confirmation that Russia always lies”, he lamented, noting that there are at least 25 people.

There have also been reports of new attacks in the central Khmelnytsky region and several rockets shot down over kyiv, according to Vadym Denysenko, adviser to the Ukrainian Interior Ministry. Both the European Executive and the US warn that Russia is not withdrawing troops, but rather withdrawing them in the face of its expected major offensive against Donbas, which is already intensifying.

When will Zelensky speak in the Congress of Deputies?

Late in the afternoon the news broke. The Ukrainian leader will speak before Congress, as confirmed by the president of the Lower House, Meritxell Batet. It will be next Tuesday, April 5, at 4:00 p.m.

Zelensky greets the US Congress in his recent speech

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What will that intervention be like?

Batet has explained the bases of the extraordinary session. She will begin, Zelenski will take the floor for a brief speech, followed by Pedro Sánchez and Batet will speak again to close the day. In total, 30 minutes, the time agreed with the Embassy and the Government of Ukraine “for reasons of equality”.

What has Biden told Zelensky?

That the US will send another 500 million dollars in aid to the kyiv government. Specifically, Biden has promised budget aid for the country, in addition to more military aid.

And what has Putin said to Scholz? And Draghi?

If yesterday it was Macron, today it was the German leader’s turn. In a new call between Moscow and Berlin, Putin has confessed that he will be able to pay for gas in euros, contrary to what he had indicated last week when he assured that they could only pay in rubles.

He has also picked up the phone to speak with the Italian leader. Mario Draghi has demanded “clear signs of de-escalation” from him, without any reaction from the Russian side.

What has the UN pointed out?

He has “credible allegations” that Russia has used cluster bombs in Ukraine at least 24 times, according to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

How many refugees does the conflict already leave?

More than four million in just over a month, as UNHCR confirmed on Wednesday. More than 2.3 million people have crossed into Poland. And of those four, more than half are children.

The UN High Representative for Refugees himself, Filippo Grandi, has explained in a tweet that he has just arrived in Ukraine to discuss and agree on new measures to “increase our support for the people affected and displaced by this senseless war.”

How does the Spanish economy suffer from the war?

Inflation, gas, electricity and gasoline prices skyrocket, job creation slows… The effects that Spain has felt since the invasion of Ukraine began. Today it has been known that the IPC has shot up to 9.8%, its highest value in 37 years.

Roberto Caubilla explains it in eight graphs here:

And what about supermarkets?

The Government is going to allow them to limit the sale of products to ensure that there is no supply, temporarily and when there are extraordinary circumstances that justify it, a measure that the consumer association FACUA describes as “irresponsible”.

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