As war rages on, Israel talks to both sides about cease-fire negotiations and humanitarian issues.
VIDEO: Ukrainian Firefighters Battle Flames, Rescue Survivors After Residential Building Bombed
Ukrainian first responders battled a huge blaze and rescued survivors after Russian forces shelled a residential building in Kyiv overnight.
The grim scenes in the Ukrainian capital’s Obolonskyi District were shared on social media by the State Emergency Service (SES) of Ukraine on March 14.
The Ukrainian authorities said two dead bodies were found under the rubble and that three people from the building fire were hospitalized. Another nine residents required medical assistance at the scene, and 63 people were evacuated from the area, the officials said.
The footage shows firefighters battling the blaze during the night and into Monday morning, as well as rescuing several residents and their pets.
Firefighters managed to extinguish the flames and provide assistance to residents trapped in their apartments or in need of medical care, the SES said. The search for more victims is ongoing.
Another Russian attack in Kyiv left at least two people dead and seven others hurt, Ukrainian officials said Monday. The incident occurred at the Antonov factory, the country’s largest aircraft manufacturing plant.
As the Russian attacks continued, Ukrainian and Russian officials held a fourth round of negotiations via video conference. Mikhail Podolyak, an aide to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, tweeted that “communication is being held, yet it’s hard.”
“The reason for the discord is too different political systems. [Ukraine] is a free dialogue within the society & an obligatory consensus. [Russia] is an ultimatum suppression of its own society,” Podolyak wrote.
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett discussed the situation in Ukraine over the phone again on Monday.
Bennett’s conversation with Putin lasted 90 minutes, with discussions focusing on cease-fire talks and humanitarian issues, the Jerusalem Post reported.
After talking with Putin, Bennett spoke over the phone with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
Israel has been said to have good working relations with both Russia and Ukraine.
But Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid has called on Russia to stop its attacks on Ukraine and end the conflict.
“Israel is like Romania — we condemn Russia’s invasion of Ukraine,” Lapid said after his meeting with Romanian Foreign Minister Bogdan Aurescu on Sunday, the Jerusalem Post reported. “[The invasion] has no justification, and we call on Russia to stop the shooting and the attacks and solve the problems around the negotiating table.”
“We are in full coordination with our ally, the US, and our European partners, to try to end this violent tragedy as quickly as possible,” Lapid said.
Edited by Richard Pretorius and Kristen Butler