Russia strikes Kyiv apartment block as talks end with little progress made

A missile attack on an apartment block in Kyiv was just yards from a school and a nursery, reports ITV News Global Security Editor Rohit Kachroo

One person died and three were hospitalised after a Russian shell destroyed a nine-storey residential block in Kyiv overnight, officials have said.

After a night of death and destruction in the capital's northwest, negotiations resumed between Russia and Ukraine but were paused later in the day with little progress made.

Russian forces struck a large apartment block early in the morning, the state emergency service said. In another statement hours later, the death toll was revised from two to one. A school, nursery and sports track were nearby the building.

ITV News' Rohit Kachroo, posted in Kyiv, reports on an attack on the apartment block where two people were killed

The Russians killed two more people after striking an aircraft factory, located around 11 kilometres northwest of Kyiv, city authorities said. The factory in Antonov, also known as Hostomel, is Ukraine’s largest aircraft manufacturing plant and is best known for producing many of the world’s biggest cargo planes.

Away from Kyiv, strikes occurred overnight on the northwest towns of Irpin and Bucha and Hostomel. The areas have seen some of the worst fighting in Russia’s stalled attempt to take the capital.

A town councillor for Brovary, east of Kyiv, was killed in fighting there, officials said.

ITV News Europe Editor James Mates, in Kyiv, provides the latest update on the war in Ukraine, 19 days after Russia launched its invasion:

According to the Russian military, 20 civilians have been killed by a ballistic missile launched by the Ukrainian forces. Russian Defense Ministry spokesperson Igor Konashenkov said that the Soviet-made Tochka-U missile on Monday hit the central part of the eastern city of Donetsk, the centre of the separatist region.

Despite also expanding strikes to the west, the general staff of Ukraine’s armed forces said on Monday that Russian troops have not made major advances over the past 24 hours.

At least 596 civilians have been killed since the start of the war, 85 of which were children, Ukrainian officials said.

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More than 2.8 million people have fled the country in the wake of Russia’s invasion, according to the UN refugee agency.

On Sunday, Russian forces carried out a deadly air strike on a military range near Lviv in western Ukraine, as the invaders continued their offensive closer to the border with Poland.

A pedestrian narrowly misses a bomb in Kyiv

The Russian military fired eight rockets at the Yaroviv military range 30 kilometres northwest of Lviv, the regional administration said.

Ukraine officials revised up the death toll on Monday morning - with the number killed standing at least 35 and more than 130 injured.

On Sunday, Russian media reported the Kremlin is optimistic a peace deal could be signed within days - though suggestions should be taken with caution.

Talks between Russia and Ukraine resumed on Monday, with President Zelenskyy's adviser saying communication is hard but ongoing.

Tweeting a photo of the talks, Mykhalio Podolyak said: “The parties actively express their specified positions.

“Communication is being held yet it’s hard. The reason for the discord is too different political systems.”

Around four hours later, Mr Podolyak said talks had been paused until Tuesday "for additional work in the working subgroups and clarification of individual definitions".

Meanwhile, the US and China sent top aides to Rome on Monday to discuss the mounting tensions.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said he will continue negotiating with Russia and is waiting for a meeting with Vladimir Putin.

The leader has repeatedly called for a meeting with Putin. But so far, his requests have gone unanswered by the Kremlin. President Zelenskyy said talks are held daily between the two countries via video conference.

Drone footage captured shelling in the besieged city of Mariupol

On Monday, civilians were evacuated from the besieged city of Mariupol in what appeared to the first successful attempt at a humanitarian corridor out of the city since the Russians surrounded it two weeks ago.

After several days of failed attempts to deliver supplies to Mariupol and provide safe passage out for trapped civilians, the city council said a local ceasefire was holding and a convoy of more than 160 cars had left the city.

Boxer Wladimir Klitschko shows the devastation of "Putin's war" on Ukrainian cities.

Ukrainian authorities said Russian airstrikes over the weekend on a monastery and a children's resort in the eastern Donetsk region hit spots where monks and refugees were sheltering, wounding 32 people.

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Another airstrike hit a westward-bound train evacuating people from the east, killing one person and injuring another, Donetsk's chief regional administrator said.

To the north, in the city of Chernihiv, one person was killed and another injured in a Russian airstrike that destroyed a residential block, emergency services said.

In Irpin, a suburb about 12 miles northwest of central Kyiv, bodies lay out in the open Saturday on streets and in a park.

Footage, verified by ITV News, from the site of the strike on the Yaroviv military base shows fires burning and a huge crater in the ground