March 30, Wednesday, 2022 (1:30 p.m.) Newsline

1.In the ceasefire talks between Russia and Ukraine, Russian delegates are promising to withdraw some troops from positions around Kyiv. But other parts of the country are facing new attacks. Ukrainian officials reported some progress in the talks. They said they discussed a new framework to ensure that Ukraine has security without becoming a member of NATO. They named possible security guarantors, including the US, Britain, Canada, Poland and Turkey.
2.People who have flied the fighting in Ukraine still have no idea how long they will be forced to say in neighboring countries. The border between Ukraine and Moldova is crowded with evacuees heading in both directions – some fleeing Ukraine while others make brief trips home to pick up family members and belongings. As of Monday, Moldova was hosting more than 380,000 Ukrainian evacuees.
3.Russian Deputy Defence Minister Alexander Fomin said, “We have decided to drastically scale down military activity around Kiev and Chernihiv.” US officials are, however, skeptical about Russia’s pledge. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Tuesday, “I have not seen anything that suggests that this is moving forward in an effective way, because Russia – at least we have not seen signs of real seriousness.”