Diplomatic activity continues until the first round of negotiations between senior Ukrainian and Russian officials in Belarus is over. In a telephone conversation with French President Emmanuel Macron, the Russian president said that peace with Ukraine was possible if Russian security remarks were accepted, including the three conditions, recognition of Russian rule over Crimea, demilitarization and denationalization of Ukraine, and guarantees. of its neutral status.
According to the Elysee Palace, Macron asked Putin to stop attacks on civilians, preserve civilian infrastructure and travel safely through Ukraine’s main roads, to which the Russian president expressed readiness to agree.
Expectations before the start of the negotiations were not high, especially as the fighting over the major Ukrainian cities continues.
KYIV REMAINS THE TARGET OF THE MAIN ATTACK, ACCORDING TO OUR SERVICES. “OUR ARMED FORCES CONFIRM THAT, THE PRESIDENT HAS ALSO CONFIRMED THAT, AND AS FAR AS I CAN TELL, WE ARE PREPARING FOR ALL SCENARIOS,” SAID THE UKRAINIAN INTERIOR MINISTER.
Fierce street battles, according to Ukrainian authorities, are taking place in Kharkov, where 7 people have been killed and 44 injured in the past 24 hours, but it is unclear whether the victims are civilians or members of the Ukrainian army.
The defense ministers of the EU member states discussed the delivery of weapons and other military aid to Ukraine in Brussels today.
IN THIS SITUATION, OUR SUPPORT FOR THE UKRAINIAN FORCES IS CRUCIAL. THEY NEED AMMUNITION, MEDICAL SUPPLIES, THEY NEED DEFENSIVE WEAPONS OF ALL KINDS. WE WILL PROVIDE THEM, TOGETHER WITH THE MEMBER STATES, FOLLOWING THE EFFORTS OF SOME MEMBERS, THE RESOURCES THAT WE DECIDED YESTERDAY TO MOBILIZE FROM EUROPEAN FUNDS, SAID EU HIGH REPRESENTATIVE JOSEPH BORRELL.
Negotiations in the Gomel region of Belarus have ended after the two delegations agreed to continue negotiations in the coming days, after negotiators hold consultations with their governments.
NEGOTIATIONS ARE DIFFICULT. HOWEVER, ALREADY WITHOUT MANDATORY ULTIMATUMS. “UNFORTUNATELY, THE RUSSIAN SIDE IS STILL EXTREMELY BIASED IN RELATION TO THE DESTRUCTIVE PROCESSES IT HAS BEGUN,” SAID MIHAILO PODOLJAK, AN ADVISER TO PRESIDENT ZELENSKY AND PART OF THE NEGOTIATING DELEGATION.
Unofficially, the next round of talks will take place on the Polish-Belarusian border.