The U.N. said some 10 million people have been forced from their homes since the start of Russia’s invasion. About a third of those are refugees, while the rest are internally displaced. The World Food Programme warned Ukraine’s food supply chain is “falling apart.” Amid the intensified fighting, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky urged direct talks with Vladimir Putin but warned if those fail, “that would mean that this is a third World War.”
President Volodymyr Zelensky: “The time has come for a meeting. It is time to talk. The time has come to restore territorial integrity and justice for Ukraine. Otherwise, Russia’s losses will be such that it will take you several generations to recover.”
Over the weekend, Turkey’s foreign minister said Russian and Ukrainian teams made progress on their negotiations to end the war. Zelensky has also suggested Israel could help mediate “peace talks” between the two countries.