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The next meeting of negotiating delegations of Russia and Ukraine will be held in Istanbul, as such an agreement was reached during the talks between the presidents of Turkey and Russia, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan's office said in a statement.
After the start of the Russian military operation on February 24, Moscow and Kiev held three rounds of negotiations in Belarus. Now negotiations are held on a daily basis via a video link.
Russia launched a special operation after the republics of Donetsk and Luhansk requested assistance to defend themselves from ongoing attacks by Ukrainian troops. The Russian Defense Ministry said the operation is targeting the military infrastructure of Ukraine and Moscow does not intend to occupy Ukraine.
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02:39 GMT 28.03.2022
UK-led Forces in Estonia Resupplied by NATO Ships - Defense Ministry
"Royal Navy vessels have joined ships, aircraft and personnel from six Joint Expeditionary Force (JEF) nations to provide support to NATO and bolster security in the Baltic Sea," the ministry said in a Monday statement.

According to the release, HMS Northumberland and HMS Richmond have joined Danish frigate HDMS Niels Juel and warships from Sweden, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

"JEF naval vessels escorted Danish and British supply ships as they delivered military vehicles and equipment to resupply the UK-led NATO Battlegroup in Estonia, where troops from the UK and Denmark are serving side by side," the British defense ministry said.

In addition to delivering supplies, NATO warships conducted a series of joint exercises.

The United Kingdom has doubled the number of troops in Estonia since the launch of Russia’s special military operation in Ukraine.
21:51 GMT 27.03.2022
European Council Head Says Necessary to Maintain Communication With Putin
BRUSSELS (Sputnik) - European Council President Charles Michel says he thinks that Russia has committed alleged war crimes in Ukraine, but it is nonetheless necessary to maintain dialogue with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

"I deeply believe that there are war crimes being committed by Russia in Ukraine. On the other hand, out of necessity, I believe that we must maintain dialogue with Vladimir Putin, because, whether we like it or not, today it is he who is sitting in the Kremlin," Michel said on Twitter.
20:59 GMT 27.03.2022
Erdogan to Host Cabinet Meeting Monday to Discuss Turkish Role as Mediator Between Russia & Ukraine - Source
Erdogan spoke by phone on Sunday with Russian President Vladimir Putin. They agreed that the next round of talks between Russian and Ukrainian negotiators would be held in Istanbul.

"The meeting is expected to begin tomorrow afternoon and last until evening. Ankara's mediation on Ukraine will be the top item on the agenda," the source said.

Erdogan will brief his ministers on the talks he held with NATO allies on the sidelines of the extraordinary summit in Brussels on March 24.

"The president will brief his team on his contacts to get the ministers' feedback. They will exchange opinions about naval mines that drifted into the Turkish territorial waters," the source added.
20:54 GMT 27.03.2022
WHO Recorded 72 Attacks on Health Care in Ukraine - Guterres
"Since the beginning of the war in Ukraine, WHO has verified 72 attacks on health care, including 71 deaths. The right to health must be protected," Antonio Guterres said on social media.

Russia has repeatedly accused the Ukrainian paramilitary of using civilian infrastructure to attack Russian military positions, including by setting up firing sites within hospitals and residential buildings.
20:13 GMT 27.03.2022
Turkish, Russian Foreign Ministers Talk About Ukraine
"During the conversation, they discussed the current events in Ukraine," the Turkish Foreign Ministry said.
20:13 GMT 27.03.2022
US Warship Forrest Sherman Arrives in Poland’s Gdansk
"US Navy destroyer USS Forrest Sherman (DDG 98) arrived in Gdansk, Poland, for a scheduled port visit to enhance US-Polish relations and build NATO Alliance cohesion," the US 6th Fleet said on social media.
Prior to pulling into the port, the warship conducted seamanship and navigation drills with the USS Donald Cook and Poland's guided missile frigate General Kazimierz Pulaski and the Skazak patrol vessel.
"Operating with our NATO Allies on the world stage, prior to pulling into the beautiful country of Poland, is what we are out here to do," commanding officer Greg Page said.
The arrival of the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer in the Baltic Sea is a show of force and the US’s commitment to NATO collective defense.
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