Russia ready to negotiate with Ukraine at high level, Putin says after invasion

Russian president Vladimir Putin told his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping in a call on Friday that Russia is willing to hold high-level talks with Ukraine, Chinese state television CCTV reported.

“The United States and Nato have long ignored Russia’s reasonable security concerns, repeatedly reneged on their commitments, and continued to advance military deployment eastward, challenging Russia’s strategic bottom line,” Putin told Xi.

“Russia is willing to conduct high-level negotiations with Ukraine.”

It comes as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine continues with Putin’s troops advancing into Kyiv.

Russian tanks entered the capital of Ukraine, Kyiv, on Friday morning as Moscow’s invasion of the country accelerated, forcing president Volodymyr Zelensky into hiding.

The following map shows the locations of known Russian military strikes inside Ukraine after Russia announced a military invasion of Ukraine

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Sirens sounded out across the city since the early hours of Friday, with residents forced to take shelter in underground metro stations following a series of Russian aerial attacks that hit the densely populated Pozniake neighbourhood, in which at least eight people were reportedly injured.

US secretary of state Antony Blinken said Kyiv “could well be under siege” in what US officials believe is a brazen attempt by Russian president Vladimir Putin to install his own regime.

In a Twitter post from the Ministry of Defence of Ukraine, residents of Obolon were urged…

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