Ukrainian authorities said Wednesday that attacks continued overnight around Chernihiv and Kyiv, despite Russia’s pledge Tuesday at peace talks in Turkey to “drastically reduce” attacks in both areas. Kyiv officials accused Russia of continued missile attacks and shelling, including on residential areas, while the governor of Chernihiv allegedWednesday that Russian forces “spent the whole night striking” the city, damaging several buildings.

Ukrainian assertions that it was pushing back Russian forces near Kyiv generally appear to be true, according to a Washington Post reporter on the ground. But new satellite images of the bombed-out southern port city of Mariupol document severe damage to civilian infrastructure. The photos depict long lines outside a grocery store in the city, where local leaders have warned of a severe shortage of basic necessities.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Wednesday that the talks in Istanbul did not yield “any breakthroughs” but that concrete proposals put forward by Kyiv marked a “positive” step. Ukraine’s negotiators in Istanbul said they could exchange military neutrality for security guarantees, and an adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said Kyiv was working with 10 nations — including the United States, Britain, China and Israel — on a security agreement to ensure the “horrors that the Russians have brought to the Ukrainian people” are never repeated.

Here’s what to know

  • Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov met with his Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi, in China in their first face-to-face meeting since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The two discussed the situation in Ukraine, and a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman later stressed there were “no limits” to Sino-Russian cooperation, state media outlets reported.
  • Ukraine has accused Russia of forcibly relocating thousands of residents from Mariupol. One Ukrainian woman told The Post she and her family were transferred to what the Russians called a “filtration camp” before being sent to Russia.
  • A NASA astronaut and two Russian cosmonauts landed in Kazakhstan Wednesday after undocking from the International Space Station and flying back to Earth in a historic mission that came amid persistent questions about whether the partnership in spacebetween the U.S. and Russia can endure.