Peace talks with Russia are beginning to “sound more realistic”

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky says peace talks with Russia are beginning to “sound more realistic.”

Zelensky will address US Congress a little later while US President Biden is expected to announced $800 million of military aid.

Ukrainian negotiator Mykhailo Podolyak says there are “fundamental contradictions” during the talks, but “certainly room for compromise.”

Kyiv officials say Russian forces shelled an apartment block on Wednesday morning, as the city imposes a curfew during “a dangerous moment.”

Russian troops are holding 400 people, including doctors and patients, “like hostages” inside a hospital in Mariupol, the deputy mayor says.

About 20,000 people were able to leave the city on Tuesday, according to a senior Ukrainian official.

(BBC)