Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Thursday that Moscow is ready for negotiations to end the fighting in Ukraine but will continue to push efforts to destroy Ukraine's military infrastructure.
Mr. Lavrov said a Russian delegation had submitted a request to Ukrainian negotiators earlier this week, awaiting Kyiv's response at a meeting set up Thursday. He added that the West is constantly arming Ukraine, training its troops, and setting up bases there to turn Ukraine into a stronghold against Russia.
Meanwhile, the International Criminal Court prosecutor has launched an investigation into senior officials believed responsible for war crimes, crimes against humanity, or genocide amidst a rising civilian death toll and during Russia's invasion of Ukraine, there were massive property damages.
Late Wednesday night, ICC prosecutor Karim Khan confirmed the inquiry after scores of the court's member states asked him to do so. After informing the court judges of his decision to open an investigation involving all parties to the dispute, Khan said, "Our work of gathering evidence has now begun."
As a result of Russian shelling and attacks on civilians over the past 24 hours from March 2, 2022, to March 3, 2022, 34 civilians were killed in eastern Ukraine in the Kharkiv region, emergency services said on Thursday.
Separately, the governor of Ukraine's eastern Donetsk city stated the port city of Mariupol, one of the first targets of a Russian assault, required Electricity and Water for use.
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