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Peace Talks With Ukraine At "dead End": Putin

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Russian President Vladimir Putin said peace talks with Ukraine have reached "a dead end" and vowed he will not stop until military operations achieve the target.

He made this remark at a joint news conference with Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko Tuesday.

It comes as a large column of Russian military vehicles are reportedly moving towards the eastern region of Donbas.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said "tens of thousands" of people have died in Mariupol, while the mayor of the besieged southern port city put the death toll at 21,000. 100,000 people fleeing the war are still awaiting evacuation.

According to Ukraine's Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk, it will not be possible to open humanitarian corridors to allow civilians to escape on Wednesday as the situation remains too dangerous. Russian forces "disregard the norms of international humanitarian law", she said on Telegram.

Russia claimed that more than 1,000 Ukrainian soldiers surrendered in Mariupol.

Meanwhile, the presidents of Poland, Latvia and Estonia and are headed to Ukrainian capital Kyiv to meet Zelensky.

The Russian embassy in the United States has dismissed U.S. State Department spokesperson Ned Price'S allegation of Russia possibly using chemical weapons in Ukraine.

But according to Ukrainian Deputy Defense Minister Hanna Maliar, there is a high risk of Russia using chemical weapons.

The United Nations said it has recorded 1,892 civilian casualties since Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24. It includes "478 men, 308 women, 30 girls, and 52 boys, as well as 71 children and 953 adults whose sex is yet unknown", the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) said in a statement Tuesday.

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