BEIJING, March 14 — The Russia-Ukraine conflict continues on Monday as relevant parties are working to broker a peaceful solution. Following are the latest developments of the situation:
Russian and Ukrainian delegations will resume talks on Monday via video link, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Sunday.
“Negotiations go non-stop in the format of video conferences. Working groups are constantly functioning. A large number of issues require constant attention. On Monday, March 14, a negotiating session will be held to sum up the preliminary results,” Mykhailo Podoliak, advisor to the Head of the President’s Office of Ukraine, tweeted on Sunday night.
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External electricity supplies have been restored at Ukraine’s Chernobyl nuclear power plant, four days after its disconnection from the power grid, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said Sunday.
Ukraine’s regulatory authorities told the IAEA that Ukrainian specialist teams repaired one of the two damaged power lines at Chernobyl on Sunday, enabling all required off-site power to be delivered to the plant, the United Nations nuclear watchdog said in a daily statement.
The plant will be connected to the Ukrainian electricity grid on Monday morning, according to Ukraine’s regulator.
“This is a positive development as the Chernobyl nuclear power plant has had to rely on emergency diesel generators for several days now,” the IAEA Director-General Rafael Grossi said. “However, I remain gravely concerned about safety and security at Chernobyl and Ukraine’s other nuclear facilities.”
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Near half of Russia’s roughly 640 billion U.S. dollars of gold and foreign currency reserves has been frozen, Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov said Sunday.
Siluanov said on a Russian TV program that Russia will pay roubles to its debt holders.
He said that the current conflict in Ukraine has not been easy for Russian financial institutions. Still, the country’s capital reserves have made it possible for banks under severe restrictions to function.
“Of course, we have enough money to ensure the production of vital goods. The Central Bank will provide the necessary liquidity to the financial system,” he said.
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Explosions were heard on Sunday in Ukraine’s western city of Lviv at about 6 a.m. local time (0400 GMT).
Earlier in the day, air raid alerts went off in Lviv at 3:30 a.m. local time, with residents rushing to bomb shelters for security. (Xinhua)