Vladimir Putin will not hold peace talks with Volodymyr Zelensky until the Ukrainian president does his “homework”, the Kremlin said on Monday.
It comes as US officials accused Russia of playing for time so that it could bomb Ukrainian cities into submission.
The comments from Vladimir Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, dashed hopes of a quick peace deal and came as Russia increased its bombardment of Kyiv.
2. Russian troops open fire on protesters
Footage circulating on social media appears to show Russian soldiers opening fire on Ukrainian protesters in the occupied city of Kherson.
The video clip shows protesters running from the city’s Freedom Square, where Kremlin forces are reported to have opened fire and thrown stun grenades at crowds.
Several people are reported to have been injured as witnesses told of hearing the sound of automatic gunfire.
“In Kherson, Russian war criminals opened fire at unarmed people who peacefully protested against invaders,” Dmytro Kuleba, Ukraine’s foreign minister, said on Twitter.