10 things you need to know today: March 7, 2022

Russia strikes Ukrainian cities ahead of third round of talks, Russian police arrest at least 4,300 more anti-war protesters, and more

An evacuee of Irpin crosses a destroyed bridge
An evacuee of Irpin crosses a destroyed bridge
(Image credit: DIMITAR DILKOFF/AFP via Getty Images)

1. Russia strikes Ukrainian cities ahead of 3rd round of talks

Russian forces shelled a bridge being used by civilians trying to reach the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, on Sunday, killing eight civilians from the town of Irpin, the local mayor, Oleksandr Markushyn, said, according to The Wall Street Journal. Civilian deaths are mounting as Russian forces strike residential areas in cities around Ukraine, and as efforts to establish ceasefires around evacuation corridors fail. Russia's military says it is not targeting civilians, and claimed without evidence that Ukrainian "nationalists" are firing at their own people. The attacks in Irpin came ahead of a third round of ceasefire talks scheduled to take place on Monday. Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky criticized world leaders for their "silence" after Russia's Defense Ministry announced a new offensive.

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