"There was an attempt to attack in the Beryslav area. A large number of [military] groups were transferred [to the area], but they all are being identified and liquidated. There is nothing to worry about," Stremousov said.
"No, we are not negotiating with them," Rudenko said.
"The release by the Russian side of Ukrainian war prisoners or their exchange takes place, among other things, while taking into account the lists regularly communicated to us by Pope Francis. In this sense, we highly appreciate the personal actions of the pontiff, who is carrying out a very important humanitarian mission, allowing hundreds of people to return to their families," Russian Ambassador to the Vatican Aleksandr Avdeyev told Italian press.
"People claim a lot of things about conversations that the United States has or doesn't have. I don't have any specific conversations [between Washington and Moscow] to read out to you," Karine said during a press briefing.
On Sunday, The Wall Street Journal reported, citing sources, that US national security adviser Jake Sullivan has conducted confidential talks in recent weeks with Kremlin aide Yury Ushakov and Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev.
Commenting on the reports, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Monday that "Anglo-Saxon newspapers have been publishing numerous hoaxes."
"We now have about 50,000 in combat units. The rest are not yet taking part in hostilities. But there are up to 80,000 in the zone of special operation. The rest are all at the training grounds," Putin said.
"We have nothing to say about this report. Many 'fakes' are published by Anglo-Saxon newspapers. Therefore, in this case you need to contact either the newspaper or the White House," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.