The New Arab concludes its live coverage of the latest updates from the Russian invasion of Ukraine for today.
Here were the key developments:
Russian evacuation offer rejected
Ukraine rejects a Kremlin offer to open escape routes for civilians trapped by the fighting in the cities of Kharkiv, Kyiv, Mariupol and Sumy because several of the routes lead to Russia or its ally Belarus.
Moscow says the proposal was based on a request from French President Emmanuel Macron, denied by Macron, and accuses Ukraine of blocking civilians from leaving, which it calls a "war crime".
Shelled while fleeing
Russia steps up its shelling of cities, including the town of Gostomel near Kyiv, Kharkiv in the east, Sumy in the northeast, Chernihiv in the north and Mykolayiv in the southwest.
Ukraine's President Volodymr Zelensky accuses Russian troops of the "deliberate murder" of civilians after a family with two children was killed by shelling while trying to flee the town of Irpin.
Tens of thousands are still trapped without water or power in the southern port of Mariupol after two failed evacuation attempts.
At least 13 people are killed by shelling at an industrial bakery in Makariv, around 50 kilometres west of Kyiv, Ukrainian rescue services say.
A third round of talks between Ukrainian and Russian delegations gets underway on the Belarus-Poland border to discuss humanitarian corridors.
Turkey announces it will host Russia's and Ukraine's foreign ministers for talks Thursday.
EU to consider membership bids
EU members agree to start the lengthy process of examining membership bids submitted by Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova in the wake of Russia's invasion of its neighbour.
China's foreign minister says the friendship between Beijing and Moscow is "rock solid" despite the Russian invasion and offers to help mediate.
Oil, gas prices rocket
Oil prices hit a near 14-year high and European and UK natural gas prices reach record levels after the United States proposes an embargo on Russian oil imports.
The leaders of Germany, Britain and the Netherlands warn against such a ban, however, saying it could put Europe's energy security at risk.
Join us tomorrow for more news and analysis on the impact of Russia's invasion of Ukraine.