The New Arab's live coverage of the latest from the Russian invasion of Ukraine concludes for today.
Here were the key developments from Tuesday:
Russia says its forces have carried out dozens of airstrikes in eastern Ukraine as part of a new offensive in the Donbas region that had been expected for days.
Moscow says the strikes targeted Ukrainian positions in parts of the Donbas as well as in towns close to the eastern frontline.
"We are gradually implementing our plan to liberate the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics," Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu says, referring to eastern Ukraine's two rebel regions, which Moscow has recognised as independent states.
Fighting in Mariupol
Fighting between Ukrainian and Russian forces is "ongoing" in the strategic port of Mariupol, Pavlo Kyrylenko, governor of Ukraine's eastern Donetsk region, says.
Russia earlier on Tuesday called on Ukrainian forces in Mariupol to "immediately" lay down their arms in a new ultimatum.
Russian forces are believed to have gradually pushed their way into the city, pinning Ukrainian troops down to giant factories near the port, which are equipped with vast underground tunnels.
Biden talks with allies
US President Joe Biden holds a virtual meeting of allies to discuss the Ukraine conflict.
The videoconference brings together the leaders of France, Britain, Germany, Romania, Poland, Italy, Canada and Japan.
The United States and the European Union have reached a "broad consensus" on the need to increase pressure on Russia through new sanctions, the Italian government says after the talks.
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz says after the meeting Russian President Vladimir Putin is responsible for war crimes in Ukraine that have already left thousands of civilians dead.
Easter truce call
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres denounces Russia's fresh offensive in eastern Ukraine and calls for a four-day truce to mark Orthodox Holy Week.
"Hundreds of thousands of lives hang in the balance," the United Nations chief says, adding a truce would allow safe passage for civilians to flee the eastern war zone, and for humanitarian aid to be delivered to the hardest-hit areas.
New US arms delivery
The first shipments of a new US military aid package have arrived at Ukraine's borders to be handed over, a senior Pentagon official says.
The package includes 18 155mm howitzers for the first time, as well as 40,000 artillery rounds, 200 M113 armoured personnel carriers, 11 Mi-17 helicopters and 100 armoured multi-purpose vehicles.
Nearly 5 mn have fled Ukraine: UN
More than 4.9 million Ukrainians have fled their country following the Russian invasion, says the UN's refugee agency.
the UNHCR says 4,980,589 Ukrainians had left since Russia invaded on February 24 - a figure up 46,174 on Monday's total.
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