Russia, Ukraine ready for more talks

Russia renewed its assault on Ukraine's second largest city. After seven days, 874,000 people have fled Ukraine.

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March 2, 2022 - 9:52 AM

A soldier stands guarding the entrance to the train station in Kyiv, Ukraine, Tuesday, March 1, 2022. (Marcus Yam/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russia renewed its assault today on Ukraine’s second-largest city in a pounding that lit up the skyline with balls of fire over populated areas, even as both sides said they were ready to resume talks aimed at stopping the new devastating war in Europe.

The escalation of attacks on crowded cities followed an initial round of talks between outgunned Ukraine and nuclear power Russia on Monday that resulted in only a promise to meet again. It was not clear when new talks might take place — or what they would yield. Ukraine’s leader earlier said Russia must stop bombing before another meeting.

Seven days into the war, roughly 874,000 people have fled Ukraine  and the U.N. refugee agency warned the number could cross the 1 million mark soon. The overall death toll was not clear, but Ukraine’s State Emergency Service said more than 2,000 civilians have died. It was impossible to verify that claim.

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