Ukraine And Russia


Ukrainian and Russian officials wrapped up a critical round of talks Monday near the border with Belarus.

Officials from both countries said the sides could hold more negotiations amid Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine.

Ukraine’s armed forces continue to hold off Russian troops, defending and retaining control of key cities, and slowing Russia’s advance on Kyiv.Meanwhile, the central bank of Russia more than doubled its key interest rate on Monday, as the ruble plummeted after heavy sanctions were imposed on Moscow by the West.

President Joe Biden held a call with U.S. allies on Monday to discuss the ongoing armed conflict in Ukraine.

The secure call with European allies and G-7 leaders began at 11:32 a.m. ET and lasted a little over an hour.Biden spoke from the Situation Room with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, European Council President Charles Michel, President Emmanuel Macron of France, Chancellor Olaf Scholz of Germany, Prime Minister Mario Draghi of Italy, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, President Andrzej Duda of Poland, President Klaus Iohannis of Romania, Prime Minister Boris Johnson of the United Kingdom, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada and Prime Minister Fumio Kishida of Japan.

In a U.K. readout of the call, Johnson welcomed Germany’s defense spending increase and transfer of military equipment to Ukraine.