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Talks to end the fighting in Ukraine resumed on Friday as another desperate attempt to save civilians in the beleaguered city of Mariupol failed and the Kremlin accused the Ukrainians of launching a helicopter attack on a depot of fuel on Russian soil.
Ukraine has denied responsibility for the blaze, but if Moscow’s claim is confirmed, it would be the first known attack of the war in which Ukrainian planes entered Russian airspace.
Meanwhile, Russia has continued to withdraw some of its ground forces from areas around kyiv after saying earlier this week that it would reduce military activity near the Ukrainian capital and the northern city of Chernihiv to promote trust at the negotiating table.
While the Russians continued their bombardment of these two areas, Ukrainian troops exploited the retreat on the ground by mounting counterattacks and recapturing a number of towns and villages.
Yet Ukraine and its allies have warned that the Kremlin was not defusing but resupplying and moving its troops east of the country for an intensified assault on the predominantly Russian-speaking region of Donbass in the east. of the country, which includes Mariupol.
The last negotiations took place by video. In a round of talks earlier in the week, Ukraine said it would be willing to drop its NATO bid and declare itself neutral – Moscow’s main demand – in exchange for security guarantees from several other countries.