5/5 © Reuters. Members of the Ukrainian Armed Forces sit on a military vehicle amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, in Ukraine’s Vyshgorod region, March 10, 2022. REUTERS/Serhii Nuzhnenko 2/5

(Reuters) – Prime Ministers of Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovenia traveled by train to Kiev to demonstrate Europe’s solidarity with Ukraine as it struggles to fend off Moscow’s attack.

The three prime ministers were expected to make aid pledges as Ukrainian and Russian negotiators resume their peace talks.

DIPLOMACY

* US President Joe Biden and other NATO leaders will hold a special summit in Brussels on March 24 to discuss the war, said alliance secretary general Jens Stoltenberg.

* President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said Ukraine may be seeking security guarantees that fall short of NATO membership.

* Kiev and Moscow resume talks over a video link, which Ukrainian negotiators say targeted ceasefire and troop withdrawals.

CIVIL TOLL

* The confirmed civilian toll in Ukraine has killed 691 people and injured 1,143, the United Nations human rights agency said, adding that the real numbers were likely “significantly higher”.

* Kiev will impose a 35-hour curfew after heavy shelling that killed at least four people.

TO FIGHT

* Russia said its forces had taken full control of the southern region of Kherson. Reuters was unable to independently verify the report.

* Ukraine reported more airstrikes on an airport to the west, heavy shelling on Chernihiv northeast of Kiev and attacks on the southern city of Mykolayiv.

FLIGHTS THE CONFLICT

* Ukraine planned another attempt to deliver supplies to the besieged port of Mariupol as the first group of civilians allowed to leave the city came to safety.

* According to the UN Refugee Agency, approximately 3 million people have fled Ukraine, almost half of them children. About 1.8 million are now in Poland and about 300,000 in Western Europe.

Convoys of more than 100 buses carrying civilians have left the besieged northeastern city of Sumy, the Red Cross said.

ECONOMY AND SANCTIONS

* The United States has imposed sanctions on Russians it accused of gross human rights violations and has taken new measures against Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko.

* Russia retaliated by imposing sanctions on US President Joe Biden, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and others. * The European Union hits Moscow with increased sanctions against Russia’s steel and iron imports, luxury goods exports and investments in Russia’s energy sector. * Britain will ban the export of luxury goods to Russia, reaching $1.2 billion in Russian imports with a 35% tariff, while blacklisting hundreds of individuals and entities for their ties to the Kremlin. {nL5N2VI2KO]

QUOTES

“It is our duty to be where history is forged,” Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said of the three leaders’ trip to Kiev.

* “They are destroying everything: memorial complexes, schools, hospitals, residential complexes. They have already killed 97 Ukrainian children. We are not asking for much. We are asking for justice, for real support,” Zelenskiy said in a speech to Canada’s parliament.

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