Ukrainian President Valdimir Zelenskyy; Russain President Vladimir Putin
The Kremlin says a Russian delegation has arrived in the Belarusian city of Homel for talks with Ukrainian officials.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the delegation includes military officials and diplomats. The Russian delegation is ready for talks, and we are now waiting for the Ukrainians, Peskov said.
There was no immediate comment from Ukrainian officials, who previously expressed their own readiness for peace talks with Russia but haven’t mentioned any specific details on their location and timing.
Russian invaded Ukraine on Thursday, and its troops are closing in on the capital, Kyiv, and making significant gains along the country’s coast.
A Ukrainian official said street fighting broke out in Ukraine’s second-largest city, Kharkiv, on Sunday following a wave of attacks elsewhere targeting airfields and fuel facilities that appeared to mark a new phase of the invasion.
Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelenskyy in the meantime said that talks in Minsk would have been possible, had Putin not initiated a war from the Belarusian side. Zelenskyy also said that the forces are attacking everything including ambulances. He also told Reuters that last night was brutal as there was shelling of civilian structure. He also added that he was open to talks in other locations that aren’t showing aggression towards Ukraine. On Friday, Putin has said that he was ready for talks if Ukraine was willing to put arms down first. But, Ukrainian soldiers powered on, protecting the capital city of Kyiv.
On Friday, Zelenskyy had said that the world is watching from afar, the crisis breaking out in his country. he also said that the sanction Western nations imposed on Russia and Russian officials won’t stop Russia from afurthering the invasion.
Source: (The Week)