LIVE updates on the Russia-Ukraine war: Premier Modi speaks to Putin, seeking safe evacuation of Indian citizens from Sumy; next round of talks to start in Belarus

Interfax news agency reported on Monday that delegations from Russia and Ukraine had started a third round of talks in Belarus, the 12th day of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The talks in Minsk are aimed at resolving a crisis that has plunged East-West relations to their lowest point since the Cold War.

The crisis has also caused the greatest East-West conflict since the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962, when the world came close to nuclear war. Interfax quoted a spokesman for President Alexander Lukashenko as saying that the delegations were working on a joint statement.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday assured Russian President Vladimir Putin that India is doing everything to ensure the safety and security of its students in Ukraine.

“I have spoken to President Putin about the safety and security of Indian students in Ukraine. We have been told about the situation on the ground. A large number of students have already reached Russia.

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