Russia-Ukraine talks done for the day; EU agrees to fresh sanctions

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Russia and Ukraine resumed talks via video link on Monday morning.

The negotiations wrapped later in the day, and they were expected to start up again Tuesday.

An official taking part in the talks said Ukraine's objectives were to secure a cease-fire, the immediate withdrawal of Russian troops from Ukraine and security guarantees.

The discussions come after a Russian shelling attack on a residential building in Kyiv's Obolon district killed two civilians and injured three, according to Ukrainian authorities.

Anti-war protester in studio disrupts live Russian state TV news

The act that prompted Marina Ovsyannikova's initial house arrest was when she held up a poster during a live on-air nightly broadcast that read, in a mix of Russian and English, "No war" and "Stop the war, don't believe the propaganda, you are being lied to. Russians against war."
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An anti-war protester interrupted a live news bulletin on Russia's state TV Channel One on Monday, holding up a sign behind the studio presenter and shouting slogans denouncing the war in Ukraine.

The sign, in English and Russian, read: "NO WAR. Stop the war. Don't believe propaganda. They are lying to you here." Another phrase, which looked like "Russians against war", was partly obscured.

The extraordinary act of dissent took place on day 19 of the war which began when Russia invaded Ukraine on Feb. 24 in what it calls a special military operation.

Putin's forces pound civilian targets in Ukraine
Putin's forces pound civilian targets in Ukraine


China calls talks with U.S. in Rome 'constructive'

On Monday, U.S. national security advisor Jake Sullivan met in Rome with Yang Jiechi, director of the foreign affairs office for the Chinese Communist Party's central committee, according to official statements.

The two sides had a "candid, in-depth and constructive communication" on bilateral relations, as well as international and regional issues of mutual concern, according to a state media report. This readout focused on China-U.S. relations, while mentioning Ukraine as a topic of discussion.

In a separate readout that focused on Ukraine, Yang repeated Beijing's position that the situation in Ukraine has reached a point that China does not want to see.

He said the international community should push for negotiations that cool the down the situation as soon as possible, the report said.

— Evelyn Cheng

NATO leaders discuss holding a meeting in Brussels next week

U.S. warns China about helping Putin with his invasion
U.S. warns China about helping Putin with his invasion

NATO leaders are discussing holding an extraordinary meeting in Brussels late next week, according to U.S. and foreign officials, which President Joe Biden and other heads of state would attend, CNBC's Kayla Tausche reported.

The planning has not yet been finalized, the officials added.

Riya Bhattacharjee

The aftermath of bombing in Okhtyrka, Ukraine

Photos show the aftermath of bombing in Okhtyrka, a city in eastern Ukraine.

A view shows a building destroyed by an air strike, as Russia's attack on Ukraine continues, in the town of Okhtyrka, in the Sumy region, Ukraine March 14, 2022.
Iryna Rybakova | Press service of the Ukrainian Ground Forces | via Reuters
A view shows a thermal power plant destroyed by shelling, as Russia's attack on Ukraine continues, in the town of Okhtyrka, in the Sumy region, Ukraine March 14, 2022.
IIryna Rybakova | Press service of the Ukrainian Ground Forces | via Reuters
A view shows a bomb crater after an air strike, as Russia's attack on Ukraine continues, at a railway station in the town of Okhtyrka, in the Sumy region, Ukraine March 14, 2022.
Iryna Rybakova | Press service of the Ukrainian Ground Forces | via Reuters

Ukrainian official says negotiators have taken a 'pause,' will resume talks Tuesday

Talks between Ukrainian and Russian officials will restart Tuesday, a member of Kyiv's delegation said.

"A technical pause has been taken in the negotiations until tomorrow," Mykhailo Podolyak, an advisor to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, wrote in a tweet after Monday's negotiations between the sides. "For additional work in the working subgroups and clarification of individual definitions. Negotiations continue..."

Even as the two countries carry out talks, Russia has continued its destructive assault on its neighbor.

— Jacob Pramuk

S&P 500, Nasdaq decline, beginning the week on a downbeat

Pedestrians walk past the NASDAQ MarketSite in New York's Times Square.
Eric Thayer | Reuters

The S&P 500 and the Nasdaq Composite ended Monday's trading session with losses. The broad-market index slid by less than 1%, and the tech-heavy Nasdaq dropped 2%. The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained one point to close at 32,945.

Bond yields also leapt on Monday, as investors prepared for the Federal Reserve's key meeting Wednesday. The central bank is expected to announce its first interest rate hike since Dec. 2018. The 10-year Treasury jumped to just over 2%, the highest level since July 2019.

U.S. crude oil, which jumped as high as $130 last week, slumped on Monday. West Texas Intermediate crude futures fell by more than 8% to trade at $99.76 per barrel at the lows of the day. The international benchmark Brent crude also slumped 8% to $103.68 a barrel. Ultimately, both oil benchmarks trimmed their losses, with WTI settling 5.78% lower at $103.68. Brent ended the session at $106.90, down 5.1%.

— Darla Mercado

Deputy Treasury Secretary Wally Adeyemo discusses sanctions against Russia

Deputy Treasury Secretary Wally Adeyemo discusses sanctions against Russia
Deputy Treasury Secretary Wally Adeyemo discusses sanctions against Russia

Putin's Ukraine war will erase decades of Russian economic growth

A man walks nearby closed shops of Dior and Fendi, which decided to stop their business in Russia, at a shopping mall, on March 9, 2022 in Moscow, Russia.
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Putin's invasion of Ukraine will set the Russian economy back 30 years and erase decades of gains made in moving its citizens into the global middle class, experts told CNBC this week.

After decades of opening its economy to the West, the recent exodus from Russia of global brands will trigger a profound shift in how middle-class citizens make and spend their money.

As the country’s economy collapses under the weight of unprecedented international sanctions, the ruble has lost around 40% of its value against the dollar.

This economic fallout could also create domestic political problems for President Vladimir Putin.

Experts believe the standard of living in Russia will plummet in the next five years, raising questions about whether voters will become disillusioned enough with Putin to challenge his absolute authority.

— Christina Wilkie

U.S. has 'substantial discussion' of Russia's war with China

US National Security advisor Jake Sullivan speaks during the daily press briefing on the situation in Afghanistan at the White House in Washington, DC on August 17, 2021.
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National security adviser Jake Sullivan discussed Russia's ongoing war in Ukraine with China's top diplomat, Yang Jiechi, in Rome on Monday.

The U.S. delegation underscored the "importance of maintaining open lines of communication between the United States and China," according to a White House summary of the meeting.

The high-stakes discussion, which included officials from the National Security Council and State Department, follows warnings from Washington that Beijing should not alleviate any economic pressure mounting on Moscow.

— Amanda Macias

Erdogan says it would be "premature" for Turkey to stop buying Russian arms

An S-400 Triumf surface-to-air missile system seen in Moscow.
Sergei Savostyanov | TASS | Getty Images

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan did not rule out buying additional Russian weapons despite Moscow's war in Ukraine.

Erdogan, who spoke alongside German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, said Ankara would continue to meet its NATO commitments to Ukraine but that it would be "premature" to cancel future weapons agreements with Russia.

"Under the current circumstances, it would be premature to talk about what the future shows right now. We have to see what the conditions bring," Erdogan said on Monday. "We have to maintain our friendship with Mr. Zelenskyy and Mr. Putin," he added.

In 2017, Erdogan brokered with Russian President Vladimir Putin a reported $2.5 billion deal for the S-400 missile system. The S-400, a mobile surface-to-air missile system, is said to pose a risk to the NATO alliance as well as the F-35 aircraft, America's most expensive weapons platform.

Despite warnings from the United States and other NATO allies, Turkey accepted the first of four missile batteries in July 2019. The Trump administration cut Turkey, a financial and manufacturing partner, from the F-35 program and imposed sanctions on the NATO ally.

— Amanda Macias

EU member states agree to 4th Russia sanctions package

A police officer at the Iberian Gate in a deserted Red Square during the pandemic of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
Valery Sharifulin

European Union member states agreed on a fourth sanctions package against Russia, the office of the French EU presidency wrote on Twitter on Monday.

In a three-part tweet, the French presidency also wrote that Russia's "most-favored nation" trade status with the World Trade Organization would be revoked. Other details of the sanctions were not disclosed.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has previously said the EU was working to suspend Russia's membership rights of leading multilateral institutions like the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.

— Amanda Macias

Biden may travel to Europe in the coming weeks

U.S. President Joe Biden boards Air Force One as he departs Washington on travel to Italy from Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, October 28, 2021.
Kevin Lamarque | Reuters

The White House is considering a presidential trip to Europe in the coming weeks, multiple outlets reported Monday, citing anonymous sources.

A visit by President Joe Biden would amplify the effort to shore up American alliances in Europe as Russia's brutal invasion of Ukraine escalates.

Since the start of Russia's unprovoked attack on Ukraine in late February, Biden has played a leading role in marshaling NATO allies and G-7 countries to counter Russian President Vladimir Putin using a combination of economic sanctions and military deterrence.

If he were to visit Europe, Biden would likely visit Brussels, the capital of the European Union and the location of NATO headquarters, NBC News reported.

— Christina Wilkie

Pentagon watching to see whether China supplies arms to Russia

Chinese President Xi Jinping with a naval honor guard.
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The Pentagon is watching whether China supplies arms to Russia as Moscow continues its assault on Ukraine, a senior U.S. Defense official said.

"If China does choose to materially support Russia in this war, there will likely be consequences for China in that regard," the official said on a call with reporters on Monday.

The official's comments come as national security advisor Jake Sullivan meets with China's top diplomat in Rome.

"We have seen China basically give tacit approval to what Russia is doing by refusing to join sanctions by blaming the West and the United States for the assistance we've given Ukraine and by claiming they wanted to see a peaceful outcome but essentially doing nothing to achieve it," the official added.

— Amanda Macias

After 19 days of war, Russia still has about 90% of combat power, Pentagon says

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin back in 2011.

After 19 days of war in Ukraine, the Kremlin has approximately 90% of its devoted combat power still available for the fight, according to the Pentagon's latest assessment.

Almost all of Russia's deployed assets, including armored vehicles and munitions, have survived the conflict, a senior Defense official said on Monday.

"The Russians still have a lot of capability. We would assess their available combat power as just under 90%. So they have an awful lot remaining," the official said.

The official declined to comment on Ukraine's combat power.

– Amanda Macias

Russia has launched more than 900 missiles into Ukraine since start of invasion, U.S. Defense official says

A fragment of a missile is seen in the street after shelling in the separatist-controlled city of Donetsk, Ukraine March 14, 2022.

Russian forces have launched more than 900 missiles since the start of the Ukraine invasion, a senior U.S. Defense official said Monday.

The official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said the Russian arsenal includes short-range, medium-range, ballistic and cruise missiles.

Since Moscow invaded Ukraine on Feb. 24, the Pentagon has observed a steady rise in missile launches amid stalled ground movements, the official said.

— Amanda Macias

Large Russian convoy heading for Kyiv is stalled, Pentagon says

Maxar satellite imagery of southern end of large military convoy on the edge of Antonov Airport.
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A large Russian military convoy, widely tracked by satellite imagery, appears to be stalled on its route to Kyiv.

"We still hold that it's stalled and they have not made any significant progress in unsticking it," a senior U.S. Defense official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said on a call with reporters on Monday.

The Russian convoy appears to have made little progress for days, according to U.S. assessments. Last week, the official told reporters that "the convoy is not really going anywhere," when asked about the latest satellite imagery provided by Maxar Technologies.

It is not immediately clear how many vehicles are in the Russian convoy.

— Amanda Macias

Russian forces are largely stalled but are as close as 10 miles to Kyiv city center, U.S. Defense official says

A police officer guards an area around a building destroyed by shelling as Russia's attack on Ukraine continues, in Kyiv, Ukraine March 14, 2022.
Gleb Garanich | Reuters

Russian forces did not make significant progress in their advance on Kyiv over the weekend, a senior U.S. Defense official said Monday.

Russian troops are approximately 15 kilometers or 10 miles away from Kyiv's city center, said the official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity in order to share new details from a Pentagon assessment.

"Almost all of Russia's advances remain stalled," the official said, adding that the Pentagon still believes that Russian forces intend to encircle Kyiv.

— Amanda Macias

U.K. slams Russia for "tearing up the rulebook" at UN Security Council meeting

British Ambassador to the U.N. Barbara Woodward speaks during the United Nations Security Council meeting on Threats to International Peace and Security, following Russia's invasion of Ukraine, in New York City, U.S. March 11, 2022.
David Dee Delgado | Reuters

The United Kingdom's representative to the United Nations slammed Russia for "tearing up the rule book" during a UN Security Council meeting Monday.

"For decades, the OSCE has worked to bring security to Europe and yet we meet today in the middle of Russia's unprovoked invasion of Ukraine," said Barbara Woodward, the permanent representative of United Kingdom to the UN, referencing the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe.

"One OSCE signatory tearing up the rulebook and pursuing war against another," Woodward added, referencing Russia's agreement to the security organization.

She urged UN members to hold Russia to account for its carnage in Ukraine.

"Russia is accused of the greatest war crimes. Bombing schools, hospitals and homes, targeting families as they try to run to safety," she said, adding that the impact from the Kremlin's war will be felt around the world.

— Amanda Macias

Portraits of war: See how the attack on Ukraine has affected its people

Russia's war in Ukraine has gone on for 19 days.

Since Russia's Vladimir Putin invaded his ex-Soviet neighbor last month, the unprovoked carnage