After Ukraine’s president accused Russian soldiers of war crimes – while his deputy prime minister refused to give up land
There are reports that Vladimir Putin has agreed to attend the talks in person.
Zelensky is expected to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin “at some time.”
In spite of this, he has yet to issue any formal pronouncements or engage in public discourse.
Since the beginning of the year, President Zelensky has requested a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
According to Ukraine’s Deputy Olha Stefanishyna, the country will “absolutely not” cede any land.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has finally agreed to meet with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky face-to-face to discuss a peace deal.
Russia’s dictator will ‘at some time’ meet with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko after the bombing of an art school and theater in Mariupol where people were sheltered, according to a story in the Express.
It has been over two months since the crisis started, but a BBC journalist today verified that President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will meet in person.
The BBC’s Lyse Doucet claimed that Putin has accepted the reality that he will have to lead the discussions at some point in the future.
‘The diplomats and negotiators are conversing. ‘It is our understanding that President Putin has now agreed to meet with President Zelensky, who has been requesting a meeting since January,’ she added.
In public, he says the exact opposite: ‘He hasn’t said it,’ I was told.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has slammed Russia for its shelling and siege of the city of Mariupol, which has been bombarded for weeks by airstrikes and missiles.
For generations, the Ukrainian president remarked, ‘doing anything like this to a quiet city… is a nightmare that will be remembered’
Despite the difficulties, he said, peace discussions with Russia remain ongoing.
Since Putin initiated his so-called “special military operation” to demilitarize and “denazify” Ukraine on February 24, Mariupol, a major link to the Black Sea, has been a target of the conflict.
Ukraine and the West claim that Putin started a war of aggression without any justification.
As of Friday, the UN human rights office reported that at least 847 people have been killed and 1,399 injured in Ukraine. According to the Ukrainian prosecutor general’s office, 112 children have been murdered in the conflict.
Hundreds of people had taken refuge at an art school and a theater from Russian airstrikes.
More least 1,300 people, including women and children, are still suspected to be trapped in the ruins of the theater, which was seen in satellite photographs published on Saturday.
Kyiv has reportedly requested that one or more Western nuclear powers be included in future discussions with the Kremlin, and that Ukraine be given legally enforceable assurances of security.
Although Zelensky’s office has confirmed that the main topic of discussion between the two sides last week was whether or not Russian troops would remain in separatist regions of eastern Ukraine after the war and where the borders would be, Chancellor Rishi Sunak has urged a ‘degree of skepticism’ over any potential peace deal with Ukraine.
There is still no certainty about who would be the guarantor, although Mr Sunak did not rule out the UK taking on this position.
According to Sunak, ‘The most essential issue is that any mention of a solution must be on Ukraine’s terms.
At this point in time, the only thing that can be done to help Ukraine is to keep up the considerable pressure we’re putting on Putin while simultaneously offering assistance to the Ukrainian people.
Zelensky also claimed today that he spoke with French President Emmanuel Macron on the progress of peace talks yesterday.
A peaceful resolution has long been a priority for the Ukrainian government. “We are also interested in peace at this time,” he said.
According to Olha Stefanishyna, Ukraine’s deputy prime minister, her country would not give up any land to Russia in future peace negotiations.
Since 1991, the boundaries of Ukrainian territory have been in place, she stated.
‘It is not just the stance of Ukraine but also that of the whole world, which is codified in several resolutions of the UN Security Council, so it is not an option for debate.
“Of course, we might talk about the reintegration of those regions that have been under occupation for the previous eight years.”
While the ceasefire and security assurances are at the top of the priority list for the time being, I believe that the political priority still exists.
According to the deputy prime minister, the Ukrainian people are being subjected to genocide.
‘I’m convinced,’ you say (is a genocide). In her declaration, she said that she was a lawyer and that she was obligated to execute the ruling.
The International Court of Justice in the Hague has asked Russia to halt its military activities in Ukraine ‘immediately,’ she said.
According to her, ‘It’s not something I suppose or anybody else presumes; this is the fact,’ she stated. There are no worse crooks than Putin and the Kremlin.
No hesitation, this is the reality we face in the twenty-first century: they commit the greatest atrocities and are specifically targeting Ukrainians.
This evening at 6 p.m., Zelensky will address Israel’s parliament.
Despite Israel’s close relations to both Russia and Ukraine, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett’s administration has so far sought to take a neutral stance on the crisis between the two nations, citing Israel’s need to maintain security cooperation with Russian forces in Syria.
Israeli protests have taken place, and Tel Aviv mayor Ron Huldai has declared that the municipality will broadcast Zelensky’s address live in the city’s center.
Mr Bennett has attempted to mediate between Russia and Ukraine, conducting frequent phone discussions with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Russian President Vladimir Putin, including a three-hour meeting with Putin at the Kremlin on March 5.
The neutrality efforts of Israel have been criticized by certain Ukrainian politicians, who have thanked Mr Bennett for his mediation efforts.
Israel has offered humanitarian aid to Ukraine, but has so far ruled out deploying military equipment to the country’s troubled region.
There are no sanctions on Russia that are supported by Israel, either.
It has been claimed that Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich, who owns Chelsea Football Club and has been subject to sanctions, recently visited Israel.
For his part, Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid stated that Israel “would not be a conduit to evade sanctions placed on Russia by the United States and other Western nations,” in contrast to Bennett’s ambiguous condemnation of the incursion.
Ukrainian refugees have flooded into Israel since the conflict started.
This is according to Air Marshal Philip Osborn to Ridge, who says Russian troops are ‘demoralized’ since their preparations were ill-advised and they have now lost momentum.
This is not ideal for a putative great power, says Mr. Osborn, since they are pulling resources and people from all around Russia and even from Syria.
Because they’ve exhausted all other choices, he added, ‘all is available to them now is to double down on sheer force to put pressure on the Ukrainian government.”
Mr. Putin may be preparing for an even more savage attack by using the discussions as a smokescreen, Foreign Secretary Liz Truss has warned.
On the other hand, Boris Johnson has encouraged China to join the international outcry over Russia’s invasion of Crimea.
He told the Sunday Times that he thinks some in the administration of Xi Jinping are having second thoughts’ about Beijing’s impartial position in the face of Russian aggression.