The New Arab's live coverage of the latest from the Russian invasion of Ukraine concludes for today.
Here were the key developments on Friday:
Russia to 'radically' reduce military activity around Kyiv
Russia will "radically" reduce its military activity in northern Ukraine, including near the capital Kyiv, after "meaningful" talks in Istanbul, Moscow's negotiators said Tuesday.
Chief negotiator Vladimir Medinsky said there had been a "meaningful discussion" at the talks and that Ukrainian proposals would be put to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
He also said that Putin could meet Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
Turkey hails Istanbul talks as 'most significant progress' of war
Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said talks Tuesday between Russia and Ukraine in Istanbul marked the "most significant progress" since war broke out between the two countries.
Two dead after Russian strike on Mykolaiv govt building: AFP
The bodies of two people were pulled from rubble on Tuesday following a Russian strike on a government building in the southern Ukrainian city of Mykolaiv, AFP journalists on the scene reported.
Regional governor Vitaly Kim said earlier that while most of the people inside building had escaped injuries, eight civilians and several Ukrainian military personnel were unaccounted for.
Blinken says no sign Russia serious on Ukraine peace efforts
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has not seen "signs of real seriousness" from Russia in pursuing peace after its invasion of Ukraine, he said on Tuesday, adding that Moscow should end its aggression now and pull its forces back.
Russia says de-escalation not a ceasefire; talks have long way to go
Russia's promise to scale down military operations around Kyiv and northern Ukraine does not represent a ceasefire and talks on a formal agreement with Kyiv have a long way to go, Moscow's lead negotiator in peace talks said on Tuesday.
Russian negotiators earlier on Tuesday gave an undertaking to sharply scale back military activity around Ukraine's capital Kyiv and the northern city of Chernihiv, in the most tangible sign yet of progress towards a peace deal.