President Joe Biden to Hold Calls with European Leaders and Strategic Allies on Ukraine

U.S. President Joe Biden planned to hold a call with European leaders on Monday after Ukraine rejected Russian demand to surrender the southern port city of Mariupol seized by the Russians.

In addition to Biden’s call with the leaders of France, Germany, Italy and the U.K., the White House plans to meet with executives at Exxon Mobil Corp., JPMorgan Chase & Co. and other firms about the impact of the invasion and sanctions.

Evacuations continued over the weekend amid heavy fighting, particularly in Mariupol, with the Ukrainians accusing Russian forces of blocking humanitarian aid.

According to the Institute for the Study of War, Russian forces did not make any major advances on Sunday. The institute also added Moscow’s troops were establishing defensive positions around Kyiv.

Talks on halting the war still one the table, after Turkey said the two sides had made progress on key points.