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Negotiators have resumed talks to end Russia’s 37-day-old war on Ukraine as humanitarian aid groups struggled to get food and supplies into the besieged city of Mariupol and Ukrainian forces pushed back Russian troops from the capital and another northern city.

The new round of talks on April 1 comes four days after Russian and Ukrainian negotiators met for the first time for face-to-face talks in Istanbul.

“We are continuing talks by video conference,” Russia’s chief negotiator, Vladimir Medinsky, said on Telegram. “Our positions on Crimea and the Donbas have not changed.”

The fresh round of talks comes after Russian and Ukrainian negotiators held face-to-face talks in Istanbul on March 28.

Ahead of the start of the talks, Ukrainian negotiator David Arakhamia said Turkey and Germany had offered to serve as security guarantors in any eventual agreement.

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